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Garden City principles key to sustainable new communities

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Leading housing and planning charity, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has stated that  Policy Exchange’s latest report, Cities for Growth, is an interesting contribution to the debate on well planned, sustainable new communities. In the report, expected to be published Wednesday 23rd November 2011, Policy Exchange argue that Government should enable the creation of new Garden Cities. 

Speaking in advance of the publication of Cities for Growth, Kate Henderson, TCPA Chief Executive said:

“Having begun as the Garden City Association and as the world’s oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment it should come as no surprise that we are keen to re-make the case for new communities as part of the solution to our housing crisis. The ‘Cities for Growth’ report is right to remind us of the fantastic places we have delivered in our past, such as Letchworth and Welwyn. Indeed, our garden cities provide some of the most desirable places to live in the UK today.”

“Our recent report, ‘Re-imagining Garden Cities for the 21st Century’, argues that the radical nature of the Garden City Movement ideals remain of critical relevance to the 21st century, providing a foundation for high quality inclusive places, creating new jobs and truly sustainable lifestyles.  We need to ensure that large-scale development, coming forward based upon the garden city principles, is collaborative and cooperative in approach and based upon a strong vision to create beautiful places, securing the best of town and country living in combination.”

“This is why the TCPA is committed to working with communities, local councils, planners, investors and developers to explore the types of partnerships and model approaches possible through the emerging policies identified in the Government’s Housing Strategy. New communities must be based on stronger community engagement and ownership, long term private sector commitment, visionary design, taking up the localist and simplified planning policies of the Government, and exploiting the release of more public land for housing.

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