Guide 5: Homes for All

The Garden City Principles were founded on an understanding of the importance of decent homes in high-quality environments for everyone. Today, there is a positive opportunity to create desirable new places  which provide decent homes that meet people’s needs over their lifetimes.  

This Practical Guide, published with support from the Lady Margaret Paterson Osborn Trust and David Lock Associates, provides an overview of the key opportunities for (and the challenges in) delivering mixed-tenure homes and housing types that are genuinely affordable for everyone in new Garden Cities and places inspired by the Garden City Principles – alongside practical examples of how this has been achieved. This draws on the need for diverse housing tenure options, delivered by a range of providers, a role for self-and custom build homes, and the need to ensure a significant proportion of homes provided for social rent. The Garden City development model makes this diversity viable by complementing public sector funding with land value capture. 

The Guide sets out three overarching principles for the successful delivery of a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable housing offer in new Garden Cities:  

  • Delivering genuinely affordable homes for all based on a robust analysis of need  
  • Delivering a diverse housing mix  
  • Delivering desirable homes fit for the future