The concept is not new, it has previously been part of Britain’s development history however, there has been renewed interest in the idea of the ‘Garden City’, and how the principles that underpin the design ethos, can contribute to the supply of new homes. Garden Cities are on a larger scale with many layers and constraints to address and will therefore be delivered over a longer timeframe. Smaller scale developments of fewer than 500 dwellings have a limited scope to facilitate infrastructure projects that may be required to deliver wider improvements and benefits. By comparison, Garden Villages are an effective way to deliver housing within an appropriate timeframe and with a critical mass that will facilitate the delivery of infrastructure such as schools, medical facilities and road improvements, to the benefit of both the new and existing communities.
Each project and location has its own specific context which means the Garden City Principles are not a blueprint for designing new Garden Villages, but are key characteristics that make Garden Villages successful.
The Government continues to support Garden Villages as a sustainable means through which to deliver housing. This is reinforced in the latest National Planning Policy Framework and the Governments latest Garden Communities prospectus.
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