The TCPA believes that both points one (the policy based approach) and two (designation of sites in action plans) would be necessary. Point three (reasonable chance of attracting financial support), however, does not seem, in isolation, to be an appropriate way to plan our cities and towns and could result in planning on the basis of being able to pay for it. It is assumed that this is meant to accept an element of financial realism into planning, and therefore such a requirement should only form part of a more comprehensive approach. The Association is supports the need for new guidance for practitioners since the current Circular (14/94) is now very dated and does not include guidance on issues such as, the role of RDAs.
The TCPA also supports the need to improve CPO skills in LPAs – the Government has already made good progress here through the introduction of the Compulsory Purchase Procedures Manual, Home Buyers Agent Reviews but skills could be further developed if LPAs had dedicated case officers, and possibly through setting up ‘centres of excellence’ or region-wide co-ordination. The simplification of the compensation code is to be welcomed if this will promote the use of CPOs for regeneration purposes. The TCPA also welcomes the proposals for loss payments, above the market value, in order to reflect the compulsory nature of the acquisition.
This paper is submitted as supporting text to the questionnaire and explains our views about the proposals in more detail. This was the master key to the Garden City idea we were originally formed to promote in 1899 and which we helped to demonstrate in Letchworth (1903) and Welwyn (1919) Garden Cities. It is also the foundation of the economics of government sponsored new towns programme mounted under the New Towns Act 1946 and its subsequent revisions.