Housing Minister Dominic Raab has announced that the Government
will give councils the option of applying to establish development
corporations. These will be locally accountable and must listen to
the views of the community to ensure that the right homes are built
in the right places.
Oversight of the development of an area as a new town will be
transferred from the Secretary of State to the local authority.
Previously, all New Town Development Corporations created by the
Secretary of State remained accountable to the Ministry of Housing,
Communities and Local Government.
Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP introduced the necessary
enabling Regulations to Parliament on 4 June 2018 and the
Regulations will be subject to further debate by MPs and will come
into force later this year once approved by Parliament.
Under the proposals, councils will be able to seek Government
approval to launch a New Town Development Corporation, which will
be responsible for delivering new towns and garden communities in
The new bodies themselves will be responsible for master
planning and project development, bringing on board private
investment, partnering with developers and overseeing the
completion of a new town or garden village with each expected to
deliver tens of thousands of new homes.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has
also released a summary document to its recent consultation on
the new town regulations and background behind the draft