Today – over 110 years since the first Garden City started and 70 years since the first New Town was designated – the Government has committed to “legislate to enable the creation of locally accountable New Town Development Corporations, enabling local areas to use them as the delivery vehicle if they wish to.”

Kate Henderson, TCPA Chief Executive, said:

“The Government’s pledge to update the New Towns legislation in today’s Housing White Paper marks a huge step forward for the TCPA’s garden cities and new towns campaign. The legislation has a proven track record on delivery and with the right reform could be a highly effective way of enabling local authorities to deliver well designed homes and great local services in thriving communities.  Changes to the New Towns Act will need to be accompanied by a new approach to government investment in new development, channelling new and existing funds to support up-front infrastructure and affordable homes. This approach could unlock a new generation of highly sustainable places that meet housing, employment and quality of life needs while promoting innovation.”

The Housing White Paper, Fixing our broken housing market, states: To support the delivery of existing and any future garden communities, we will:

  • ensure that decisions on infrastructure investment take better account of the opportunities to support new and existing communities;
  • legislate to enable the creation of locally accountable New Town Development Corporations, enabling local areas to use them as the delivery vehicle if they wish to. This can strengthen local representation and accountability, and increase opportunities for communities to benefit from land value capture; and
  • following the previous consultation on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, amend policy to encourage a more proactive approach by authorities to bringing forward new settlements in their plans, as one means by which housing requirements can be addressed.

The TCPA will be analysing the detail of the measures in the Housing White Paper and responding to the Government’s consultation in due course.

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