Nellie Black recalls when she was part of a women's group, who gave the Commission their views on New Town housing.
Gwen Marshall recalls her thoughts on the development of the Hemel Hempstead New Town.
The planning of Stevenage was used by the Government as a Guinea Pig to amend the writing of the New Towns Act. Among the issues taken into consideration there was the siting of the industrial area.
Occupancy rates are calculated on old data and censuses, but people can't be expected to keep living the same way forever.
'They had set up a school of regional association of planning and research in London which was attached to London University and they ran a correspondence course so by 47 I was a qualified Associate of the Town Planning Institute.'
This excerpt is about setting up a planning office in Nottingham, but it will give you an idea about how the planning offices were working in the first years.
'...They would say 'look that’s the amount of money you’ve got to build a house' if you like, 'building 600 houses that's the amount of money you’ve got.'...'