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Government must seize the opportunity to build a better future

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Published by Nneka Opara for TCPA in Communities and also in Housing

Leading housing and planning charity, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has welcomed the investment in housing - including self and custom build homes, estate regeneration and commitment to the garden city approach to development - announced in today’s budget. The garden city prospectus must set high standards and ensure that a commitment to all the garden city principles is a pre-requisite for developments that are brought forward.  

TCPA Head of Policy Hugh Ellis said:

Today’s announcement of the long-awaited garden city prospectus is undoubtedly an exciting and challenging opportunity for the government to use garden city principles to develop beautiful, well designed and inclusive new communities. Garden Cities are an essential part of the solution to the housing crisis along with the regeneration of our existing communities.”

“From the principles of land value capture for the benefit of the community and long term stewardship of assets, to green infrastructure standards and mixed tenure homes that are affordable for all members of society, the garden city principles are key to realising the principles of sustainable development and delivering the low carbon communities of the future.”

The TCPA will be holding a conference in London, ‘Time to make Garden Cities a reality’ on 25th  March, with a keynote address from Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP.

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