A group of 50 organisations have called on the government to demonstrate its continued support for delivering new garden villages, towns and cities. The group, which includes the County Councils’ Network (CCN) and the Town and County Planning Association (TCPA) have published a joint statement, which calls on ministers to reinstate a reference to garden city principles in the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). ‘Meeting the nation’s housing needs involves more than just delivering housing units,’ the joint statement reads. ‘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 the resources for the long-term stewardship and maintenance of a high-quality public realm … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart