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The UK needs more, better-quality and greener housing. Many younger people want somewhere affordable to bring up a family, and many of the older generation are looking to comfortably ‘downsize’. People want to live within positive, healthy, vibrant communities with easy access to the natural environment. Alongside providing homes, we also need to create jobs and support growth in sustainable locations and bring about a transition to a green economy.
The purpose of this report is to highlight ways in which sustainable new communities can be delivered using Garden City principles. The potential to create new Garden Cities and Suburbs as modern, healthy and desirable living and working communities is immense.
While there is no ‘silver bullet’ solution to unlocking the potential benefits offered by new Garden Cities and Suburbs today, a Garden Cities and Suburbs Expert Group convened by the TCPA identified the need for urgent action in five principal areas, to address barriers to the development of a new generation of world-class communities.