Planners revisit 100-year-old overcrowding strategy
A pamphlet of ideas to tackle overcrowding is being relaunched today, a hundred years after its publication.
Nothing gained by overcrowding, which was written by Raymond Unwin, argued for a more ‘harmonious combination’ of homes and green spaces in towns.
The Town and Country Planning Association is launching the republished pamphlet in parliament today. It claims that a holistic approach to designing new communities provides an opportunity to consider how homes and neighbourhoods can be made attractive, socially inclusive places in which to live and work – and, in today’s context, resilient to climate change.
Kate Henderson, chief executive of the TCPA, said: ‘Although Unwin was writing one hundred years ago to address questions of housing layout, his ideas are more relevant than ever in our current social and economic conditions.
‘Housing starts are at an all-time low and new research has shown that the number of UK households with three or more generations living under the same roof has increased by 7 per cent in the past five years, reaching levels last seen in Victorian times.
‘Delivering more and better homes more quickly and more affordably is the defining challenge for our generation.’
Together with Barry Parker, Raymond Unwin designed the masterplan for Letchworth, the world’s first garden city, created as a solution to the squalor and poverty of urban life in Britain in the late 19th century.
The TCPA is currently working with communities, local councils, planners, investors and developers to explore the types of partnerships and model approaches for bringing forward new communities which follow the garden city principles as identified in the national planning policy framework.