Ms Ford said that Peterborough would need to "make a case"
to secure this type of development status but added: "If you
decide this is what you want, I will be speaking up for
Her comments were part of a
presentation to the Property Forum in which she described the changing
role of English Partnerships which is now increasingly focused on
development of housing and of brownfield land. It also has
considerable land holdings in former New Towns and elsewhere which it
wants to bring forward for development.
"We need to step up the pace of
development," she said. "As an organisation, we need to act
faster and more commercially."
English Partnerships owns around 400
hectares of land in Peterborough. The majority of this is not
currently in development plans but around 40 hectares has been
allocated for industrial and commercial development.
Dennis Hone, executive director of
English Partnerships, told the Property Forum: "Peterborough
remains high on our agenda not primarily because of the land holdings
we have here but because it is a significant regional centre."
English Partnerships and the East of
England Development Agency are working closely with the city council
on the development of a master plan for the city centre – although
English Partnerships actually owns no land in the city centre itself.