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Ebbsfleet plans ignore garden city principles, says concerned TCPA

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has criticised the goverment’s plans to expand Ebbsfleet for ignoring garden city principles

The attack came as the DCLG launched its consultation on the creation of an Urban Development Corporation which would oversee the development of the area in Kent.

The TCPA said the consultation for the 15,000-home new town fails to set out the garden city principles, and as a result ‘risks failing to build a concensus for high quality growth’.

Kate Henderson, chief executive of the TCPA, said: ‘Unlike the government’s recently published locally-led Garden Cities prospectus, the consultation on a proposed Urban Development Corporation at Ebbsfleet does not set out the Garden City principles. Without including these principles the Government risks failing to build a much needed consensus for high quality growth.

‘By including the principles there is a real chance to make the most of the opportunity that Garden Cities present to create high quality, beautiful and inclusive places with genuinely affordable housing and strong social objectives.’

She added: ‘We share government’s commitment to housing growth and desire for Ebbsfleet to be a successful development.  However in order to achieve this, the government must create a Development Corporation that is capable of delivering the very best environmental and social standards and properly fulfil the ideals of the Garden City Movement’.

In March, chancellor George Osborne announced plans to create a 15,000-home ‘Garden City’ at Ebbsfleet in Kent - the first to be built in the United Kingdom in 100 years - with up to £200million of public money pumped into the scheme.

Ebenezer Howard first set out plans for self-sufficient Garden Cities ringed by agricultural belts in 1898. Twenty-seven new towns were built in the UK in the post-war era following the success of England’s pioneering Letchworth and Welwyn garden cities.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Well, of course the plans ignore Garden City principles. "Garden City", whatever it should mean, and whatever Ebenezer Howard originally wanted it to mean, in the Osborne - Pickles world means "volume housebuilder's low-density sprawling crap with a cuddly name", nothing more or less. Expecting Uncle Eric to sign up to something as Socialist as a real Garden City is total pie in the sky.

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