New Garden Cities won’t be what Ebenezer Howard had in mind

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There is a lot of talk about building major new settlements in the south east outside London. Last month there was a row about a ‘secret report’ that David Cameron refuses to publish recommending that two ‘new cities’ should be built in the south east, in Yalding, Kent, and Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, according to the Telegraph. Having raised the idea forcefully in the first place, it appears that Cameron is now scared of frightening the horses in his own political back yard. Nick Clegg and the LibDems are said to be very much in favour. Labour has talked about ‘a new generation’ of garden cities and new towns, and Ed Balls has talked about using Treasury guarantees to support borrowing for the projects.

Two things strike me about this debate. First, none of the proposals are likely to produce any completed houses in the next Parliament and therefore should not divert attention from…

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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