3 Nov

Garden city movement hailed as enduring planning blueprint

Garden city movement hailed as enduring planning blueprint

The garden city remains an ideal blueprint of how urban planning should proceed, it has been argued.

In a policy advice note the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has said the ideas of Ebenezer Howard in the 19th century are still relevant today, with TCPA chief executive Gideon Amos commenting: "Garden city settlements provide a rich and successful testbed from history which remain successful and desirable."

Seeking to build on this foundation, the TCPA has said it is working with English Heritage to explore ways of furthering this legacy.

Such developments could help create more attractive new-build developments as more homes are created.

The government has been warned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to take steps to ensure there is no upsurge in Greenfield construction during the housing market dip.

Such locations are more desirable at such times because they are cheaper to build on, the body noted.

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