Garden City Principles The Garden City Principles are a distillation of the key elements that have made the Garden City model of development so successful, articulated for a 21st century context. Taken together, the principles form an indivisible and interlocking framework for the delivery of high-quality places. A Garden City is a holistically planned new settlement which enhances the natural environment and offers high-quality affordable housing and locally accessible work in beautiful, healthy and sociable communities. The Garden City Principles are an indivisible and interlocking framework for their delivery, and include: Land value capture for the benefit of the community. Strong vision, leadership and community engagement. Community ownership of land and long-term stewardship of assets. Mixed-tenure homes and housing types that are genuinely affordable. A wide range of local jobs in the Garden City within easy commuting distance of homes. Beautifully and imaginatively designed homes with gardens, combining the best of town and country to create healthy communities, and including opportunities to grow food. Development that enhances the natural environment, providing a comprehensive green infrastructure network and net biodiversity gains, and that uses zero-carbon and energy-positive technology to ensure climate resilience. Strong cultural, recreational and shopping facilities in walkable, vibrant, sociable neighbourhoods. Integrated and accessible transport systems, with walking, cycling and public transport designed to be the most attractive forms of local transport. Image courtesy of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.