London's new Garden Suburbs must be more than homes and greenspace
The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has welcomed the Mayor’s plans for 21st century garden suburbs in London as part of the 2014 London Housing Strategy ‘Homes for London –The London Housing Strategy (Draft for London Assembly, April 2014)’, published today. The TCPA has been leading a campaign for a new generation of garden cities and suburbs as part of the solution to England’s housing crisis.
TCPA Head of Policy Hugh Ellis said:
“London’s existing garden suburbs of Hampstead and Brentham show how high standards of urban design, including quality community facilities, architecture, efficient transport links, walkability and greenspace, create desirable places that stand the test of time. The current cost and desirability of living in these places today, attributed to their quality design and stewardship as well as location, belies the fact that these communities were very much embedded in the cooperative movement and designed to include affordable homes and provide shared benefits for residents through co-operative housing models.
There is a huge opportunity for London to develop innovative 21st century garden suburbs and we look forward to seeing how they will combine the highest standards of environmental design, in walkable neighbourhoods, with employment and models of long term stewardship which include community-led provision of homes and services. It is essential that these suburbs apply all the garden city principles and are more than just homes and greenspace”.
Today the appetite for cooperative and co-partnership models of community living is evident in pockets throughout the capital, including London’s first Community Land Trust in Bow. The TCPA has explored the East London Community Land Trust model and other models of long-term stewardship in its recent publication ‘Built today, treasured tomorrow: a good practice guide to long-term stewardship’.