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Call for garden city reference to be reinstated in the NPPF

Words: Laura Edgar
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More than 50 organisations have called on the government to reinstate a reference to garden city principles in the draft National Planning Policy Framework, which is currently out for consultation.

Councils, professional bodies, trade associations, charities, developers and designers have all signed the letter, including the Town and Country Planning Association, the County Councils Network and the UK Green Building Council.

Garden city principles include capturing land value for the benefit of the community, community ownership of land and long-term stewardship of assets, and integrated and accessible transport systems that comprise active travel choices as well as public transport.

The current NPPF, published in 2012, sets out a requirement for local authorities to consider whether large-scale developments that follow the principles of garden cities is the best way of achieving sustainable development.

It features guidance for local authorities’ decision-making processes.

But the draft iteration does not feature the reference to garden city principles.

Kate Henderson, chief executive at the TCPA, said meeting the housing needs of the nation means more than delivering housing units.

“We need to create beautiful places which offer a wide range of employment opportunities and genuinely affordable homes, while enabling more sustainable lifestyles. The garden city principles can deliver all this and are underpinned by a financial model which not only enables fast delivery but puts people at the heart of delivering new places and provides resources for the long-term stewardship and maintenance of a high-quality public realm and high-quality community facilities.

“Recommitting to the garden city principles in the NPPF is the starting point to unlocking a new generation of highly sustainable places that meet housing, employment and quality of life needs while promoting innovation. We recognise the prime minister’s personal commitment to building communities the nation can be proud of, and we urge the government to ensure the garden city principles are reinstated in the NPPF.”

The full list of signatories can be found on the TCPA website.

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