Recently Labour’s new Shadow Housing Minister has spoken of a new generation of new towns to meet housing demand.
Labour have appointed local government and finance expert Sir Michael Lyons to chair a new housing commission which will consider how 200,000 new homes a year can be built by 2020.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has written to the new Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds, inviting her to Skelmersdale. West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper believes there is still life in the old new towns yet and unfulfilled capacity which the original plans failed to deliver.
At the Town and Country Planning Association annual conference the Shadow Housing Minister talked of “how to drive forward a new generation of new towns and garden cities."
Skelmersdale in recent years celebrated the 50th anniversary of its new town designation. MP Rosie is campaigning to deliver change that reflects the towns ambitions and aspirations for the next 50 years with a new college campus, the redevelopment of the town centre with new shops and businesses, new high quality sports facilities and a railway station.
MP Rosie said:
“The original new town plan for Skelmersdale envisaged a population of 80,000. This was never achieved and the development was stopped in its tracks, the town never finished.
“I believe there is still life in the existing new towns to help meet both the housing challenges we face and finishing the infrastructure of Skelmersdale. We must also consider how to renew the housing stock built back in the 1960s.
“For this reason I have invited Emma Reynolds to visit Skelmersdale to discuss these issues further and for her to see firsthand the great opportunities that exist in the original new towns.
Given her statement on new towns and the work of the Labour Party’s Housing Commission I wanted to highlight the importance of the 1950s and 1960s tranche of new towns in terms of lessons to learn, challenges we face and the huge opportunities they offer."