Wednesday’s Budget announcements confirmed the government’s appetite for a new wave of garden settlements with a promise of legislation to make it easier for local authorities to work together to create new garden towns and cities.
Critics including architect Richard Rogers have labelled the project unsustainable, fractured and incoherent
Ebbsfleet, in Kent, would appear to be an ideal development opportunity, as estate agents put it.
In the Thames Estuary, it's just 17 minutes from central London via high-speed rail, the giant Bluewater shopping centre is a short drive away and there's planning permission for 15,000 new homes in a lovely landscaped setting.
Homes in existing and proposed garden cities in the UK should be exempt from the proposed extension of the Right to Buy scheme, it is claimed.
According to the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), a housing and planning charity, this would ensure that garden cities remain socially mixed and affordable places to live.
‘Garden cities built today must have a primary focus on providing homes for everyone in society and in particular those most in need in the current housing crisis,’ Kate Henderson, TCPA chief executive told the charity’s Planning Research Convention.
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