“In Part 1 of the 1981 New Towns Act delete section 4 (1) and insert—
‘(1) The objects of a development corporation established for the purpose of a new town shall be to secure the physical laying out of infrastructure and the long-term sustainable development of the new town.
(1A) Under this Act sustainable development means managing the use, development and protection of land and natural resources in a way which enables people and communities to provide for their legitimate social, economic and cultural wellbeing, while sustaining the potential for future generations to meet their own needs.
(1B) In achieving sustainable development, development corporations should—
(a) positively identify suitable land for development in line with the economic, social and environmental objectives so as to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and health of people and the community;
(b) contribute to the sustainable economic development of the town;
(c) contribute to the vibrant cultural and artistic development of the town;
(d) protect and enhance the natural and historic environment;
(e) contribute to mitigation and adaptation to climate change in line with the objectives of the Climate Change Act 2008;
(f) positively promote high quality and inclusive design for the maximum number of people including disabled people;
(g) ensure that decision-making is open, transparent, participative and accountable; and
(h) ensure that assets are managed for long-term interest of the community.
(1C) In this Part “infrastructure” includes—
(a) water, electricity, gas, telecommunications, sewerage or other services;
(b) roads, railways or other transport facilities;
(c) retail or other business facilities;
(d) health, educational, employment or training facilities;
(e) social, religious, recreational or cultural facilities;
(f) green infrastructure and ecosystems;
(g) cremation or burial facilities; and
(h) community facilities not falling within paragraphs (a) to (f); and
“land” includes housing or other buildings (and see also the definition in Schedule 10 to the Interpretation Act 1978), and references to housing include (where the context permits) any yard, garden, outhouses and appurtenances belonging to, or usually enjoyed with, the building or part of building concerned.” ”—(Roberta Blackman-Woods.)