Homes in new Garden Cities must be genuinely affordable
Published by Nneka Opara for TCPA in Communities and also in Housing
Ahead of the Garden City principles: from theory to practice conference scheduled to take place on Thursday 15 May, housing and planning charity the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) is urging the Government to ensure that the majority of homes in ‘locally led Garden Cities’ are genuinely affordable for everyone, with a high proportion available for social rent.
The conference which will be held at St Martin-in–the-Fields, London WC2N 4JJ, will bring together those who are committed to delivering a new generation of Garden Cities to explore the vital role that the Garden City principles play in planning high quality, sustainable new places.
TCPA Head of Policy Hugh Ellis said:
“Creating mixed tenure homes, genuinely affordable housing for all budgets and a considerable level of homes for social rent constitute essential elements of the Garden City principles, and was clearly set out in the Government prospectus published last week. We urge the Government to make the most of the opportunity that Garden Cities present to address the ever escalating housing crisis across the UK, and to ensure that all of the key principles are embedded into proposals for Garden Cities, so that local authorities can deliver high quality, sustainable and inclusive communities that will make a real difference.”
A number of practical guides on the Garden City concept and principles, the finance and delivery of Garden Cities, and on specific issues such as long-term stewardship and land value capture for the benefit of the community are available on the TCPA website.