Towards an Urban Renaissance

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Towards an Urban Renaissance was a report written by the United Kingdom's Urban Task Force chaired by (Lord) Richard Rogers[1] and published on 29 June 1999. It examined the question of how 4 million projected new homes over 25 years, might be accommodated in the UK without further encroachment into the green belt or other areas of countryside.[2]

The review leading to the published report was commissioned by the then Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in 1998, to identify the causes of urban decline and establish a vision for Britain's cities based on the principles of design excellence, social well-being and environmental responsibility.[3]

Towards an Urban Renaissance resulted in the Our Towns and Cities - the Future - The Urban White Paper published in 2000, and was influential in the revised Planning policy guidance note 3: Housing which was also published in 2000.

Lord Rogers published an independent update titled Towards a Strong Urban Renaissance in 2005.[3]

Key recommendations[edit]

  • Design-led urban regeneration process and the designation of special urban policy areas.
  • Reform of the planning system and involvement of local people in decision making and neighbourhood level.
  • The building of 60% of new housing as schemes on brownfield land.
  • Better use of existing housing stock.
  • The relaxation of Local Planning Authority's standards relating to density and separation distances between dwellings
  • The better integration of housing with highways (relaxation of parking standards and designing the roads around the housing rather than the housing around the roads).
  • Improve non-car transport.
  • Better quality design.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Delivering the urban renaissance". The Guardian. 21 July 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.urbantaskforce.org/UTF_final_report.pdf Urban Task Force
  3. ^ a b "Towards a Strong Urban Renaissance: Launch of the Urban Task Force Report". IPPR. 22 November 2005. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 

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