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Sunday20 August 2017

Government quietly scraps plans for new garden cities

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Planning minister admits there is no cash for Cameron’s idea

The government’s plans to build the next generation of Garden Cities has faltered, according to planning minister Nick Boles.

Speaking at the NHBC today Boles confirmed that the plans, launched by David Cameron in March last year, have not moved forward and won’t be receiving any more government cash.

“The government loves them [garden cities] but we’re not in the business of imposing them on communities,” said Boles. “There was a separate pot of money, but it didn’t compete with other priorities.

“We remain enthusiastic about the principles. Maybe we didn’t do everything we could have.”

When Cameron first mooted the idea of garden cities as a way for solving the housing crisis he said he wanted places that were “green, planned, secure, with gardens”.

Meanwhile, Boles used the opportunity to call on housebuilders to ensure that good design is central to development.

“If we design better places, communities will release more land for development,” he said. “People will not object as fiercely if the thing at the end of the road will add value to their house.”

Radical plaques

The planning minister Nick Boles said a long-standing idea of his was to have a brass plate at head height on every new development in the country, stating the name and address of the architect and builder.

Addressing a room full of housebuilders he added: “I suspect most people in the industry know what they’re proud of and what developments you’d rather forget.”

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  • Totally unnecessary in any case. Plenty of brownfield land to go at - problem is a lot of it is in public sector hands so no incentive to get rid. The only plaque required is one from the local estate agent inviting bids to purchase. And if the Government let local authorities spend the receipts that would help.

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  • "a brass plate at head height on every new development in the country, stating the name and address of the architect and builder."

    Does this mean every new development will have to involve an architect or will the plaque be left blank if none involved?

    Dumbass ideas incorporated.

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