Telford (Dawley), United Kingdom, Europe
Year1963latitude: 52° 40'
longitude: -2° 28'
PeriodMark 2
Planning organizationDevelopment Corporation
Nationality initiator(s)U.K.
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organization
Inhabitants166,000 (2011)
Target population220,000
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type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
"Telford was originally designated as Dawley, changing its name to Telford (with an increase in designated area) in 1968. As well as accommodating overspill from congested existing urban centres, it was intended to regenerate the waning East Shropshire coalfield area. Telford has a rich heritage offer, including the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. Conservation and tourism have played an important role in the New Town’s development. The Development Corporation faced severe difficulties and expense in reclaiming derelict land associated with mine-workings, and until the mid-1980s Telford had high levels of unemployment and problems in attracting industrial firms to the town. Today, Telford is a Primary Urban Area – one of the 64 largest urban centres in the UK – and has expanded through several urban extensions."

"Development Corporation: Aimed for a balance between industrial and residential development, and utilised a large amount of despoiled and contaminated land, formerly used by extractive industries, to integrate the market town of Wellington and a number of former townships with new, low-density, single-use development areas, linked by an extensive road network enabling congestion-free car travel. Development Corporation wound up 30 September 1991."

source: Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA)

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