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Lord Northfield dies at age of 89

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Lord Northfield, who helped shape Telford into the town it is today, has died, aged 89.

Lord Northfield

As Donald Chapman, the former Labour MP was chairman of Telford Development Corporation from 1975 to 1987.

One of his early acts was to demand better designs for the thousands of council homes that were built.

He paid particular attention to the town's Leegomery estate, demanding architects created homes of varying design and an estate with pools and greens.

A minute's silence was held last night before last night's full meeting of Telford & Wrekin Council.

Council leader Councillor Kuldip Sahota said: "He said his remit was to go and give a place some style.

"His close interest in architecture resulted in a change of attitude to housing in the area, and new developments comprised smaller groups of dwellings.

"This council thanks Lord Northfield for his contribution."

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