Well, Housing Minister Caroline Flint has decided there’s no better way to get companies bidding to build the towns to come up with crackerjack plans than to inflict a panel of 14 experts on them.
The panel will, according to Flint (well, according to Flint’s press release writer who presumably gets paid to come up with arse-clenchingly bad nuggets like this) “inject new thinking” and “aim as high as possible in each potential location”.
The panel, Flint reckons, will put their two-pennies worth into the bidders on subjects like transport, design, community, technologies and jobs.
Here’s who’s who in Flint’s gang:
- John Walker (Chair) – Former Chief Executive, British Urban Regeneration Association. Expert in delivery of large mixed use development
- Dr Liz Goodwin – Chief Executive, Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP). Expert in use of natural resources and recycling
- Stephen Hale – Director, Green Alliance. Environment expert
- Sir Peter Hall – President, Town and Country Planning Association. Expert in urban issues, housing and planning
- Wayne Hemingway – Founder, Red or Dead. Expert in design and social issues
- Stephen Joseph – Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport. Transport expert
- Nick Mabey – Chief Executive, E3G. Expert in energy issues and economic
- Kris Murrin – TV presenter, expert in sustainable transport and children’s issues
- Sunand Prasad – Royal Institute of British Architects President. Expert in design and architecture
- Liz Reason – Director, Reasons to Be Cheerful consultancy. Expert in innovative approaches to energy issues and climate change
- Sue Riddlestone – Director, BioRegional Development Group. Expert in sustainability and sustainable development
- Joanna Yarrow – TV presenter, green-lifestyle specialist and founder of sustainability company Beyond Green
- Richard Simmons – Expert in architecture and the built environment
- Lynda Addison – Managing Director of Addison & Associates. Transport and planning expert.