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New generation of garden cities

Published 16th August 2018

Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, has announced that 23 new garden cities will be built across England by 2050, accommodating almost 200,000 high quality homes and green spaces. It is an extension of plans revealed last year that involved 14 garden villages with 50,000 new homes in places like Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston.

Principal councils and developers can apply to create the projects if their proposal reflects the character of an area, includes green space and if they have local community support. Mr Brokenshire said: “This plan is about the Government working with councils and developers to get great homes in keeping with beautiful areas in England. We want to help local authorities build strong and vibrant communities where people want to live, work, and raise families”. However, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has warned the plans could lead to urban sprawl and urged the Government to instead focus on regeneration and building on brownfield sites.

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