Garden cities

Garden communities – context and complexities


David Churchill warns the Local Plan process could potentially cripple the delivering of ambitious long-term development projects.

Rejection for two out of three garden communities in Essex


Proposals for two new garden communities put forward by three district councils have been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate.

Funding boost for garden towns and villages


The Government has allocated £6m to deliver up to 200,000 new homes in new locally-led garden towns and villages.

Garden Communities set to deliver over 400,000 homes


Garden city developments are set to deliver over 400,000 new homes, the equivalent to a city the size of Birmingham, new research has revealed.

Greater Exeter to build 20,000 new homes in garden scheme


The Government has announced its support for a garden scheme which will see tens of thousands of new homes built in Devon.

Funding for five new garden towns


Five new garden towns will receive a share of £3.7m to provide up to 64,000 new homes.

Whitehall announces £9m boost for garden communities


The Government has today announced a £9m cash injection to help speed up the building of garden towns and villages across the country.

Councils urged to create new garden towns


Councils are being urged to apply for a place on the government's garden communities programme.

Government housing body signs £74m development deal


Homes England, the Government body responsible for promoting the development of housing, has announced the completion of a £74m deal to deliver thousands of homes.

The growing benefits of garden villages


Ben Bolgar argues that the premise of garden villages will only work if councillors and planning authorities prioritise genuine mixed use communities.

Queen's Speech 2016: New rules to speed up planning process


Local authorities will only be allowed to impose pre-commencement planning conditions if they are deemed 'absolutely necessary'.

Britain's biggest Garden City planned for Black Country


Britain's largest every Garden City - consisting of 45,000 new homes - is being planned for the heart of the Black Country.

Two new garden towns to provide up to 50,000 new homes


Two new garden towns are set to provide up to 50,000 new homes thanks to over £1m of government funding.

Planners and charities demand action on garden cities


Politicians have been urged to stop blocking construction of garden cities in a new report from some of the country’s top charities and planners.

Council director appointed as chief on Ebbsfleet Garden City


A council director has been appointed the new chief of the Government’s flagship Garden City development in Ebbsfleet.

Budget 2015: Osborne launches 20 housing zones


The Government has revealed plans to introduce 20 new housing zones, which could provide up to 45,000 homes on brownfield sites across the country.

New garden villages could deliver one million homes, claims think tank


If each council in England built one garden village, over one million new homes could be built over the next decade, according to a new report.

Autumn Statement: Osborne pushes through housing plan amid infrastructure drive


Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed major reforms designed to speed up house building and the release of public sector land in his Autumn Statement.

New garden city planned for South East


A new garden city in Oxfordshire is expected to be a central part of the Government’s bid to raise housing numbers in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement.

Housing minister snubs award-winning garden cities vision


Award-winning proposals to double the size of existing towns and cities in England have been rejected by housing minister Brandon Lewis.

Prize winning vision outlines plan for 40 garden cities


A proposal to double the size of 40 towns and cities in England via a new Garden Cities Act has won the prestigious Wolfson Economics Prize.

Pickles launches corporation to drive Ebbsfleet Garden City


Communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced a new development corporation has been launched to help co-ordinate and kick-start work on Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Leader challenges Clegg over compensation policy


A council leader has challenged deputy PM Nick Clegg to explain how his plans to compensate homeowners next to new housing developments will be funded.

Infrastructure Bill amendment welcomed by planning charity


A proposed amendment to the Infrastructure Bill will help deliver sustainable new communities, according to the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA).

Poll reveals public support for garden cities


Three-quarters of the British public support the creation of new garden cities, with the over-65s showing the strongest backing, a new poll reveals.

Clegg calls for locally-led garden city plans


Up to three new garden cities holding at least 15,000 homes will be built to tackle Britain’s ‘chronic’ housing shortage, Nick Clegg has announced.

Blows exchanged over garden city announcement


Labour has criticised the Government’s plans for a new garden city in Kent.

Budget 2014: Osborne backs garden cities


The creation of garden cities will help Chancellor George Osborne's Budget pledge to build more than 200,000 new homes for families.

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