The Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has announced his vision for councils to build more garden communities as part of the government’s housing plan.
A prospectus detailing the main aims of the plan, invites bids for locally-led housing proposals of scale in return for tailored assistance in regards to design and environmental compliance. To be considered, submitted proposals must contain local character, good employment opportunities, strong services, integrated and accessible transport, innovative uses of technology – and beautiful green spaces.
The government acknowledges that the term ‘garden community’ can be ambiguous, and were keen to stress that ‘garden’ should not purely be used as a label. Instead, developments should be “vibrant, mixed-use, communities where people can live, work, and play for generations to come – communities which view themselves as the conservation areas of the future”. A further breakdown of garden community qualities can be found in section 13 of the linked proposal.
Character is emphasised several times within the paper, with ‘identikit’ housing and developments that look like ‘anywhere and nowhere’ being taken aim at. It can be interpreted that garden towns are the government’s way to restore a sense of place into the UK’s landscape and reinforce regional identities into housing design.
Brokenshire commented: “this plan is about the government working with councils and developers to get great homes in keeping with beautiful areas in England.”
Projects will range in size from 10,000 to 40,000 homes but smaller sized ‘garden towns’ of 1,500-10,000 homes will be considered.
All proposals must be submitted by the 9th November 2018. For further information contact MHCLG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the propsal click here.