The Urban Task Force, chaired by architect Lord Rogers and set up by the Government, has attacked urban regeneration in the UK, calling many initiatives “clumsy, insensitive, rushed and wasteful”.
Its report said development in Britain was vastly inferior to new building on the Continent, which would “saddle generations to come with a legacy of failure”.
Greenwich Millennium Village, on the site of a former gasworks, was cited by the task force as one of the few good developments.
The report blamed much of the failure on the Government, whose funding is “skewed heavily towards new building and new communities”. It said the Government failed to finance a co-ordinated transport policy and also warned against the policy of destroying existing communities in run-down cities.
According to the report, too many middle-class people are abandoning large cities for the countryside, causing a “deepening racial and social” divide.
The Government set up the task force six years ago, but its 14 members — all industry experts — reconvened on their own initiative to produce the report.
The findings have been broadly welcomed. A statement from CABE said it had provided “momentum” to the debate and suggested local authorities and regeneration bodies should be compelled to meet quality targets.
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