Building the Future

Joint statement calling on government not to remove its commitment to the Garden City principles from the NPPF 

Over 70 organisations – including councils, professional bodies, trade associations, charities, developers and designers – are calling on the government to reinstate a reference to Garden City principles in the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), demonstrating its continued support for those delivering new Garden Villages, Towns and Cities.

The current NPPF requires that local authorities consider whether opportunities for large scale development, such as new settlements or extensions to existing villages or towns, that follow the principles of Garden Cities, are ‘the best way’ of achieving sustainable development. The draft revised NPPF, published for consultation on 5 March 2018, has deleted reference to these important standards.

The NPPF provides essential guidance for local authorities in their decision-making processes and is vital in securing high place-making standards. A commitment to the Garden City principles is not set out anywhere else in government policy.

Meeting the nation’s housing needs involves more than just delivering housing units; we need to create beautiful places which offer a wide range of employment opportunities and genuinely affordable homes, while enabling more sustainable lifestyles. The Garden City principles can deliver all this and are underpinned by a financial model which not only enables fast delivery but puts people at the heart of delivering new places and provides resources for the long-term stewardship and maintenance of a high-quality public realm and high-quality community facilities.

Re-committing to the Garden City principles in the NPPF is the starting point to unlocking a new generation of highly sustainable places that meet housing, employment and quality of life needs while promoting innovation. We recognise the Prime Minister’s personal commitment to building communities the nation can be proud of, and we urge the government to ensure the Garden City principles are reinstated in the NPPF.

Read the joint statement here

A list of current signatories is provided below. If you would like to support the statement please contact Katy Lock at [email protected] or on 0207 930 8903 

1 The Academy of Urbanism
3 Ashford Borough Council
4 Association of Public Service Excellence
5 Bolsover District Council
6 Bonnar Allan Limited
7 Bournville Village Trust
8 Braintree District Council
10 Brentwood Borough Council
11 Care & Repair England
12 Chartered Institute of Housing
13 Cherwell District Council
14 Colchester Borough Council
15 Community Housing Action: Milton Keynes
16 Cornwall Council
17 County Councils Network
18 DAC Beachcroft LLP
19 David Lock Associates
20 East Herts District Council
21 Epping Forest District Council
22 Essex County Council
23 Fareham Borough Council
24 Garden City Developments CIC
25 The Gracechurch Group 
26 Harlow Council
27 Hertfordshire County Council
28  HTA Design LLP
29 Incredible Edible Network 
30 international_haus
31 The International Longevity Centre
32 John Walker Consultants Ltd 
33 Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
34 The Landscape Institute
35 The Land Trust
36 Lanpro: Town Planning consultants & urban designers
37 LUC
38 Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation
39 Maddox Associates
40 Mayfield Market Towns Ltd
41 Mid Devon District Council
42 Milton Keynes Council
43 National Housing Federation
44 The Nene Park Trust
45 North East Derbyshire District Council
46 North Dorset District Council
47 North Essex Garden Communities Ltd
48 The Parks Trust MK
49 The Place Alliance
50 Places for People
51 Port Sunlight Village Trust 
52 Portsmouth City Council
53 Randall Thorp LLP 
54 Redrow
55 Rowen Properties (London) Ltd
56 Royal Institute of British Architects
57 Shelter
58 South Cambridgeshire District Council
59 Stafford Borough Council
60 Stevenage Borough Council
61 Tendring District Council
62 The Environment Partnership
63 Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design Ltd
64 Town and Country Planning Association
65 UK Green Building Council
66 Urban Design Academy
67 Urban Design Group
68 URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd
69 Uttlesford District Council
70 Wei Yang & Partners
71 Wokingham Borough Council
72 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council