Published: 9th Feb 2011

What can we learn from the winners of the annual Urbanism Awards? Nicholas Falk investigates Hebden Bridge won this year’s Great Town Award With a choice of 75 shortlisted places, it is surely time to draw lessons from the Academy of Urbanism’s annual awards for the policy issues now facing the UK. In particular the candidates in the fifth series all seemed to express a community spirit that could provide a tonic for Britain as it enters the ‘age of austerity’. In extolling the Big Society, the coalition government wants to shrink the state in the hope that community and business enterprise will take its place, thus enabling the public debt to be substantially cut. In assessing the ‘great towns’ category, urban designer Willie Miller highlighted the common ingredient of the three towns (Hebden Bridge, Stroud, and Westport) was the evidence that people did things for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)