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POS Comments on Finalists Shortlisted for Wolfson Prize

Date: 6/6/2014

The five finalists shortlisted for this year's Wolfson Economics Prize have been revealed. This year’s competition asked entrants to come up with the best design for a garden city. POS has made an initial repsonse:

  • these strategic proposals would have to go through the local plan process, and would be subject to the duty to cooperate. So even if the proposed garden city is wholly within one local authority area, support would have to be sought from surrounding authorities. Catriona Riddell, Strategic Planning Specialist for POS, said "this may prove very challenging."
  • It is vital that these serve a purpose and are therefore located in the right locations.   Riddell said "Some of the shortlisted proposals are absolutely right when they acknowledge this and the need for any new settlements of this scale to be managed at the national level. These must be considered as 'national infrastructure' and any decisions about locations must be made by Government in the interests of the nation as a whole. Once the initial decision has been made, then there is real opportunity for local authorities and their communities to influence how they are delivered. It would also help ease any tensions at the local level. Without some real political leadership at the national level, these potentially very valuable contributions to the housing crisis could easily just become pipedreams."
  • Decisions about developments of this scale need to be taken out of party politics to survive successive governments. Riddell commented "A cross-party/cross- department team at Government needs to be established, otherwise they could meet the same fate as eco-towns."

    catriona-riddell-pos.jpg Catriona Riddell, POS Strategic Planning Specialist

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