Skelmersdale, United Kingdom, Europe
Year1961latitude: 53° 33'
longitude: -2° 48'
PeriodMark 2
Planning organizationDevelopment Corporation
Nationality initiator(s)U.K.
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organization
Inhabitants40,000 (2011)
Target population61,000
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type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
"Skelmersdale was the forerunner of the ‘Mark Two’ New Towns and the first in the North West. Formerly a small mining town, it was designated as a New Town to accommodate some of the rapidly expanding population of Liverpool and wider Merseyside. Today, it is the largest and most densely populated settlement in the West Lancashire Borough and is adjoined to the east by the more traditional settlement of Up Holland. It has clearly defined industrial and residential areas and a significant green space network resulting from its New Town status. Some of the New Town estates and the town centre have not stood the test of time. A programme of town centre renewal, urban extensions and a new rail link are planned to regenerate the town."

"The ‘Basic Plan’ adopted in 1966 was based on a need to plan for the car; integrated industrial and residential sites; Green Belt and a clear limit to development to avoid sprawl; a well balanced population; and a staged development approach with a full range of facilities provided at each stage."

source: Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA)

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