Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan

Interim Report

March 1979

The Warrington-Runcorn Development Committee commisioned this music in early 1979 as the soundtrack of a short film to publicise the work of the Committee in providing a thriving cultural life for the residents of the new estates of Warrington and Runcorn. Excerpts were shown later that year on BBC’s Nationwide.

Coming soon on heavyweight yellow vinyl and digital formats.

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1979 marked a change in the political and wider culture of British society. The Warrington-Runcorn development marks the swan song of post-war urban planning in the UK – soon the ethos of building better communities would be replaced by Thatcherite “no such thing as society” greed. And look where that got us.

Other appearances

Castles in Space mix

Transmission Mix

Castles in Space

A mix featuring a selection of tracks from forthcoming Castles in Space releases. Originally created for Simon Tucker’s Transmission radio show airing on Radio Free Matlock.
The Isolation Tapes

The Isolation Tapes

Castles in Space compilation

This new compilation gathers together over 60 artists for an album recorded during the COVID19 lockdown, and raising money for the Cavell Trust, helping nurses and ex-nurses. The first Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan song can be heard on the CD part of the release.


Gordon Chapman-Fox was born in time to be a part of the last gasp of childhood to be enthralled by the space-race and spent his childhood re-enacting Star Wars to the sounds of Jean-Michel Jarre. Gordon has been making electronic music since 2003 as Heskin Radiophonic, and more lately as Dublock.