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Public policy for new towns has been underpinned by the Treasury’s desire to receive financial benefits from land sales, the Commons transport, local government and regions committee claims. Local authorities’ hands have also been tied by the amount of land owned by quangos such as English Partnerships. The MPs warn the government not to rely on the towns’ poor community facilities when planning new housing developments. They also call for a new towns reinvestment fund to plough receipts from land sales back into local regeneration. But their argument for ‘strategic’ sites to be handed to regional development agencies, and the remainder transferred to local authorities, was pre-empted by last week’s announcement of the new role of English Partnerships.

Committee chair Andrew Bennett said he was disappointed. ‘English Partnerships has been given everything it could grab. John Walker, chef executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association and former head of the Commission for New Towns, said the government should give English Partnerships a ‘clear brief to use the sites for the long-term benefit of the new towns’.

The new towns were the biggest single programme of urban renewal and development. What has the government learned from them? Zilch. It turned its back on them and cast them adrift. Claims that the government is to abolish the right to buy for council tenants could clear the way for a less radical move focused on regeneration areas. Reports in the national media this week claimed that deputy prime minister John Prescott was poised to suspend the right to buy in a dramatic reversal of policy. spokesperson for Mr Prescott told New Start the claims were unfounded. But regeneration practitioners predicted that the flagship Tory scheme could be suspended in renewal areas. Dozens of regeneration programmes could benefit, they said. read more: Enact Conveyancing Brisbane

The 20-year-old policy is said to be causing financial headaches for renewal schemes, particularly where demolition is involved. to be causing financial headaches for renewal schemes, particularly where demolition is involved. Tenants are reported to be queuing up to buy their homes before the bulldozers move in – and claiming compensation at private sale prices. Mr Prescott’s spokesperson admitted there were concerns about private companies lending money to tenants so they could buy their homes at a discount and then sell or let them at market prices. There is a big moral distinction between good tenants who have been there for a long time paying their rent and getting something back for their tenancy, and big companies moving in and carpet-bagging.