In January 2022 the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on New Towns was reinstated.
One of its aims is to celebrate the contribution made by the UK’s 32 New Towns, and highlight the challenges and opportunities they face.
In his first public speech as Housing Minister, The Rt Hon Stuart Andrew, Minster of State for Housing, spoke at the Reception on the 1st of March 2022. The Minister celebrated the positive contribution of the post-war New Towns, praising them as special places; well designed with infrastructure planned in from the start.
He recognised the opportunity for some of the existing New Towns to contribute to the government’s Levelling Up agenda. Noting the government’s support for current programmes of new community projects, the Minister remarked on the importance of seeing what has worked well and learning from what has not to inform the creation of new places. “I look forward to working with the APPG on New Towns,” he added.