New Towns and UDC's
a) New Towns: Positives?
• They bring employment to the area with new businesses.
• They disperse the populations of large cities.
• Good rail and road links close by to access the larger cities for commuters.
• Higher employment rates in a lot of new towns due to industries setting up nearby.
• Good public transport around the town.
• Lots of green space in and around the town.
• Generally lots of affordable housing.
• There is a country feel whilst still being in a larger town.
b) New Towns: Negatives?
• The people moving to new towns are generally between the ages of twenty and forty. There are lots of zero to five year old children and this creates a population bulge. Lots of primary and secondary schools with empty classrooms.
• They disrupt the social sides of families. Parents and family being left behind.
• The social mix is very similar. Houses are the same price so people of the same income bracket and social background live in the towns.
• They are very unattractive places to live.
• The town centres can be very congested.
• Pockets of depravation and inequality. Lack of community feel.
• Generally less character in the towns and much less history.
c) Weigh up the positives and negatives of the New Town strategy- in your own opinion, was it successful? (approx. 100 words)
I believe they have worked in the newer towns built in the second and third wave of the movement as they have learned from a lot of their mistakes. They have succeeded in