Telford Development Corporation Records
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- Held At: Telford/Shropshire
- Held At: Shropshire Archives
- System Reference: X6235
- Date: 20th century
- Level: Collection
- Description: Formerly the Dawley Development Corporation
- Copyright: Crown Copyright (Telford Development Corporation)
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- Access Status: Readers Ticket
- Creator Name: Telford Development Corporation (TDC)
- Admin History The New Town was first designated on 16 January 1963 as Dawley New Town, covering 9,100 acres (37 km2) of Dawley, Wenlock, Oakengates, Wellington Rural District and Shifnal Rural District. Development started, guided by the Dawley New Town Development Corporation, with the first homes on the new Sutton Hill housing estate being occupied in 1967. Initial planning and design concepts for Dawley New Town were produced by the Birmingham-based John Madin Design Group. The Dawley New Town (Designation) Amendment (Telford) Order was made on 29 November 1968, extending the New Town area by 10,143 acres (41.05 km2) of land lying within the urban districts of Oakengates and Wellington and the rural districts of Shifnal and Wellington. This Order also renamed the new town Telford, after the civil engineer Thomas Telford. Most of the infrastructure was constructed from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s with the major housing and commercial development occurring over three decades up to the early 1990s when the Telford Development Corporation was wound up to be replaced by the Commission for the New Towns, later English Partnerships, and most of the property was handed over to the then Wrekin District Council. [Telford. (2016, May 6). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia].
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