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Peterborough, a city fit to live in

After it's emergence as a new city in 1968, Peterborough enticed people to move from London with the chance to improve their quality of life. But the city's plans had to be grand!

Documentary 1971 25 mins

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The commentary states "In 1960 there were 3 billion people in the world, by 1985, barring accidents, they'll be 5 billion. If chaos is to be avoided, homes and opportunities must be organised for them - now!" This regional documentary focuses on the movers and shakers of the city's Development Corporation as it unveils proposed expansion and provision for 100,000 more people with the investment of Ј330 million and the creation of a Greater Peterborough.

Written and produced by Tony Archer, this programme is a fascinating insight into the thinking behind urban town planning in 1971. A film such as this is an invaluable moviong image record of our social history.