Published: 23rd Sep 2019

Centre for Cities has called for the creation of 1,000 ‘commuter villages’ with easy access to jobs in urban areas. A new report by the think tank calls for the development of 47,000 hectares of greenbelt and farmland within a 10-minute walk of existing train stations in five city regions. By focussing on land with easy access to the rail network, it argues that the new homes would be within a 45-minute commute of large cities, like London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle. And the report claims the new villages could deliver up to 2.1 million new homes, which is more than has been built over the last 15 years. For example, the report states there are 116 commuter stations within the Birmingham city region providing services to central Birmingham within 45 minutes. According to the study, there is a total of 5,786 hectares around those stations. ‘Allowing for 10% … (To read the full article, subscribe below)