Over 50 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 local authorities to consider whether large-scale development (such as new settlements or extensions to existing villages or towns) which follows the principles of Garden Cities is ‘the best way’ of achieving sustainable development in their area.

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

TCPA Chief Executive, Kate Henderson, said:

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.


Notes to editors

  1. The joint statement can be accessed here.
  2. The signatories include Shelter, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Landscape Institute, Chartered Institute of Housing, County Councils Network and the UK Green Building Council. For a full list of signatories, click here.
  3. The Garden City principles are set out in brief here.
  4. The draft revised National Planning Policy Framework is available here.
  5. The Town and Country Planning Association www.tcpa.org.uk (TCPA) is an independent campaigning charity calling for more integrated planning based on the principles of accessibility, sustainability, diversity and community cohesion. The TCPA puts social justice and the environment at the heart of the debate about planning policy, housing and energy supply. We inspire government, industry and campaigners to take a fresh perspective on major issues including climate change and regeneration. The TCPA is leading the campaign for a new generation of garden cities to be used as part of a portfolio of solutions to meet the nation's housing crisis. Details of the campaign are set out here.
  6. For further information, please contact Jack Mulligan at the TCPA on 07825 707 546 or [email protected].

Picture Credit: Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation