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 Rogers of Riverside[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] Participants included Peter Hall.

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 (PPG 3) which was also published in 2000.

Rogers published an independent update titled Towards a Strong Urban Renaissance in 2005.[3] The report is seen as a milestone in the development of New London Vernacular, an responsive architectural style observed in London from about 2010 onwards.[4][5]

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]


  1. ^ "Delivering the urban renaissance". The Guardian. 21 July 2002. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Urban Task Force
  3. ^ a b "Towards a Strong Urban Renaissance: Launch of the Urban Task Force Report". IPPR. 22 November 2005. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. ^ Birkbeck, David; Hart, Julian (2012). A New London Housing Vernacular (PDF) (Report). Urban Design London.
  5. ^ Smallman, Etan (4 May 2016). "Boris Johnson's Most Important Legacy May Be a Particular New Housing Style". Bloomberg UK.

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