Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Planning charity welcome Miliband garden city commitment

A leading planning charity has welcomed Labour’s commitment to new garden cities unveiled in Ed Milliband’s conference speech yesterday.

The Labour leader told delegates in Brighton the party’s new housing commission, led by former BBC chairman Sir Michael Lyons, will set out detailed plans for a new generation of garden cities.

The Town and Country Planning Association has been campaigning for new garden cities for two years, based on the successful models of Letchworth and Welwyn in Hertfordshire.

Responding to the speech, Kate Henderson, chief executive of the TCPA, said: ‘A new generation of garden cities is long overdue.

‘Many of the garden city ideals remain of critical relevance today, providing a foundation and an economy of scale for high quality, attractive and inclusive places, creating new jobs and truly sustainable lifestyles.’

Garden cities, pioneered in the early part of the 20th century, are new town settlements designed to provide community ownership, sustainability, high-quality affordable homes and generous green space.

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