8th July -When is a Garden City not a Garden City? Dave Edwards article published in Planning and Building Control today

The DCLG’s second wave of garden settlements under garden city principles hits the right notes but still falls short on specifics according to David Edwards… 

In March 2016, the DCLG released a prospectus for the development of up to twelve self-contained villages and an unspecified number of new towns and cities according to ‘Garden City’ principles. Representing the most ambitious expansion programme since the end of the Second World War, this initiative follows a similar process from April 2014, which led to the selection of six pioneer projects at Bicester, Basingstoke, Didcot, Ebbsfleet, North Essex and North Northamptonshire.....

...The overarching intent of the programme is clear: the government has committed to building one million new homes by 2020 and developing a series of new settlements will significantly support this. If there were a silver bullet for resolving the housing crisis then building new towns would be it....read the full article here...http://planningandbuildingcontroltoday.co.uk/planning-development/garden-city-garden-city/24740/