Glenrothes, United Kingdom, Europe
Year1948latitude: 56° 12'
longitude: -3° 10'
PeriodMark 1
Planning organizationDevelopment Corporation
Nationality initiator(s)U.K.
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organization
Inhabitants39,000 (2011)
Target population32,000
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type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
"Glenrothes was designated to provide homes and community facilities for coal-mining families involved in the expansion of the East Fife coalfield, and later to act as a growth point for diversified industrial expansion. Glenrothes has grown steadily following its designation, becoming a focus for electronic and other high-tech industries. It is considered to be one of Scotland’s most successful and attractive New Towns. However, several industrial estates are now ageing and unsuitable for modern industrial and business uses. Glenrothes has recently emerged as an area of multiple deprivation. Redevelopment of the town centre, additional retail development and new business and office facilities are proposed to aid regeneration and enhance the retail and business opportunities available within the town."

"To ensure a social mix, the 1951 masterplan recommended that a maximum of 1 in 8 or 1 in 9 residents should be miners. Originally only 34% of the designated area was to be built up, with the rest to be designated as Green Belt, owned by the Development Corporation."

source: Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA)

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