1963
January
Sir Keith Joseph ends years of speculation by announcing that Redditch is to be designated a New Town.
1964
January
Public Inquiry into New Town proposals
April
Draft Redditch New Town Designation Order issued
May
Sir Edward Thompson appointed Chairman.
June
Board's first meeting August Hugh Wilson appointed Consultant Planner. Holmwood acquired as Headquarters.
November
Redditch New Town Application Directive Issued Master Plan required.
1965
April
Alderman Harry Watton appointed Deputy Chairman.
May
First Capital Investment Programme approved.
July
Application for sewage powers at Spernal Ash.
August
visit of Richard Crossman, Minister of Housing and Local Government,
October
Publication of Draft Plan and Interim Report November- First meeting of Liaison committee- Development Corporation and Urban District Council.
December
Approval of first Housing Scheme at Greenlands.
1966
January
Meeting with Regional Hospital Board to agree site for new District General Hospital.
March
Industrial survey commissioned - Town Centre Study Group Inaugurated.
July
Visit of Bob Mellish Parliamentary Secretary to Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHLG).
November
Greenlands Housing and Howard Road Factories - contracts let.
December
Final Draft of Master Plan approved by Board.
1967
March
Master Plan Exhibition and Public Meetings.
July
Town Centre Interim Report accepted by Board. Publlc Inquiry on Master Plan proposals.
1968
January
Health Centre proposals at Smallwood Hospital agreed.
February
Visit of Tony Greenwood, Minister of Housing and Local Government - official opening of first house.
May
Exhibition of Town Centre proposals.   November - Social Development plan accepted.
1969
January
Temporary Meeting Room opened at Woodrow|.
February
Woodland Management Dedication Scheme Approved.
May
In addition to Birmingham - Dudley, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield and West Bromwich included as exporting authorities for overspill. Fundlng of Town Centre Phases 1 and 11 agreed.
October
Publicity and Information Office agreed.   - November - Arrow Valley Park project approved.
December
Flrst multistory Car Park Scheme approved.
1970
January
Denis  Howell Minister of State for Housing opened 1000th rented house.       
March
Urban District Council accepted Palace Theatre scheme. Board approved compulsory' purchase orders in Town centre.
April
Vlscount Cobham, Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire opened Woodrow Local Centre.
August
Paul Channon, Parliamentary Secretary MHLG placed in position pile for first multi-storey Car Park, October - Spernal Ash Sewage Works opened by Mr Charles Smlth Ryland, Lord Lieutenant of Warwlckshire.
1971
March
Board approved plans for Transport Interchange and Public Transport routes.
April
Title ''Kingfisher'' adopted for Shopping Centre.
July
Government directive on ''Sale on Rented Housing '' and White Paper on ''A fair Deal for housing''
September
Peter Walker, Secretary of State for the Environment opened refurbished Palace Theatre.
November
Terry Davis. MP for Bromsgrove and Redditch opened the Holloway Link to Westem distributor road.
1972
April
Board approved visits to Germany. Japan and U.S.A. to attract overseas firms.
October
First Ugandan Asian families settled in Redditch
December
Reginald Eyre, Parliamentary Under-secretary of State opened Coventry Highway.
1973
February
Visit of the Prlme Mmlster. the Rt Hon, Edward Heath.
April
Approval of Ecumenical Centre project.
June
100th Board meeting.
October
Visit to Japan by Jim Chesshire and Norman More.
November
Proposals received for expansion of Designated Area. Sidney Chapman MP planted millionth tree under auspices of ''Plant a tree for 1973 campaign"..
1974
May
Visit of John Silkin, Minister for Planning and Local Government. Local Government re-organization came into effect.
July
Retirement of Sir Edward Thompson. Appointment of Jim Chesshire as Chairman.
1975
May
Town Ccntre Phase III approved.
July
Consultations with County Council and district Council on Community Land Bill.
September
John Fraser, parliamentary Under-Secretary of Employment visited Redditch for discussions on industry and jobs, October - Dr David Owen, Minister for Health inspected the Dlstrict General Hospital site at Woodrow.
1976
February
British Leyland withdrew option on Redditch sites for production of new     "Metros"
March
''Reddibus' introduced to give effect to radical restructuring of public transport routes.
June
Retirement of Alderman Harry Watton, Sir Joseph Hunt andTony Grier. Bill Evans appointed as General Manager.
September
Visit of the Rt Hon. James Callaghan. Prime Minister officially to open Worcester Square and visit The Leys High school
1977
May
Guy Barnett, Under-Secretary of State. opened 5000th house Winyates Craft Centre opened by Mr Michael Casson.
June
Special Service held at parish church of St Stephen to mark the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II
September
Councillor Clive Wilkinson appointed Deputy Chairman
1978
March
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited the Ecumenical Centre and opened the YMCA Centre.
March
Roland Moyle, Minister of State for Health confirmed the Woodrow site for new District General Hospital.
June
Board agreed to assist the District Council in feasibility study for new Civic Offices.
July
Board agreed to establish with District Council ''Joint Housings Policy Committee'' to agree plans for Housing Transfer. Market Place pedeslfianisation scheme approved. Secreted of State decided not to reappoint James Cheshire.
August
Appointment of Professor Denys Hinton as Chairman of the Board.
November
Town Centre Ring Road proposals formulated.
December
Development proposals for Forge Mill and Bordesley Abbey excavations agreed.
1979
March
Guy Barnett opened 10,000th house of rented and private developments. Public Inquiry held on Town Centre Ring Road proposals.
April
Retirement of Bill Evans as General Manager.
May
Meeting with Commission for the New Towns to consider plans for dissolution in September 1982.
June
His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester opened the new Magistrates' Courts and Probation Offices. Appointment of Norman More as General Manager. Terms for sale of Rented Housing agreed under New Towns circular 577.
July
Secretary of State issued instructions on the sale of industrial and commercial Assets.
August
Secretary of state rejected Ring Road proposals.
October
Inaugural Meeting of Transportation Liaison committee between County Council, District Council and Development Corporation.
1980
January
Bordesley Lodge Northern Area Golf Course and Recreation Centre study approved. Housing Transfer scheme requested by Department for June 1980.
April
Visit of Dr Gerard Vaughan, Minister of State for Health. Visit of Geoffrey Finsberg. Parliamentary Secretary. Department of the Environment to open Dickens Housing Association Scheme for first time buyers.
May
Improved rail link with Birmingham inaugurated.
1981
February
Adjournment debate in House of Commons Initiated by Hal Miller MP on Housing Transfer. Community Related Assets and transfer terms.
May
Secretary of State issued revised target date for dissolution of Corporation - December 1984.
July
Visit of Geoffrey Finsberg. Parliamentary Secretary to Department of the Environment. Meeting with Development Corporation and Borough Council representatives. Housing Transfer deferred and proposals for Housing Agencv submitted Board approved revised Development Policy and Programme to cover extended life until December 1984, Councillor Clive Wilkinson. Deputy Chairman retired from the Board.
September
Harold Waterman appointed Deputy Chairman.
October
Chief Officer Designations and Staff Establishment re-organisation proposals approved. Visit from Patrick Jenkin, Secretary of State for Industry. Designs for mosaic panels by Eduardo Paolozzi for Millard Square agreed.
1982
January
Royal Square improvements agreed   February - Proposals for High Technology Units approved.
March
Ogilvy and Mather appointed as Public Relations Consultants on promotion of Redditch.
April
Visit from Sir George Young, Parliamentary Secretary, Department of the Environment. Bus Station improvements approved.
July
First Business Exhibition of Reditch Firms at Enfield Industrial Estate. New proposals on completion of Redditch Ringway.
August
Approval of Bordesley Lodge Golf Course proposals, September - Corporation sponsored Community Enterprise programme. Draft Housing Agency Agreement.
1983
February
Board agreed proposals to set up Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
April
Housing Agency came into effect. Sir William Rees-Mogg, Chairman of the Arts Council unveiled Paolozzi Panels in Millard Square. Deputation to Kenneth Clark, Minister of Health, on establishnnent of Casualty Service.
May
On dissolution, confirmed that remaining industrial and commercial assets will be transferred to Commission for New Towns. Application for Alcester Highway Phase 11 rejected by Secretary of State.
July
Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Second to open Millward Square, Forge Mill Museum. Business Exhibition held.
September
Contract awarded for Ring Road completion. Proposals on Community Related Assets discussed.
December
Minister issued a direction notice on Housing Transfer with effect from 1 April 1985. Dissolution date to be 30 June 1985.
1984
January
Visit of Lord Bellwin. Minister of State. Department of the Environment. Confirmation of target and dissolution dates.
February
Defects Survey on Rented Housing showed no defects of a serious nature.
April
Visit from Sir Neil Shields, Chairman of the commission for the New Towns to discuss transfer arrangements.
July
Draft Housing Transfer Agreement sent to Secretary of State.