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Hemingway and Gillespies picked for 10,000-home Carlisle ‘garden village’

St Cuthbert's, Carlisle
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A Gillespies-led team featuring Hemingway Design has been chosen to masterplan a new 10,000-home village south of Carlisle

The team – which also includes transport consultant WYG and property developers LSH – will draw up plans for a major new settlement, to be known as St Cuthbert’s, featuring homes, employment opportunities and community facilities.

The project for Carlisle City Council is the largest of 14 ‘garden village’ schemes announced by the government at the start of this year.

Commenting on the appointment, Wayne Hemingway of Hemingway Design said: ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Carlisle to make its mark when it comes to creating much-needed new homes and infrastructure.

‘Recent history has shown that it will take real vision and an intelligent, Herculean effort from a team of brilliant, diligent designers, place-makers, local and regional stakeholders who involve and represent the best interests of the community.’

In January the government announced plans for 200,000 new homes in a raft of garden villages and garden towns across the country.

The first wave will comprise 14 villages, featuring between 1,500 and 10,000 homes each and expected to deliver more than 48,000 new units in total.

In addition to the villages, a further three garden towns, at Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston, will also be supported.

Garden cities were conceived by visionary architect Ebenezer Howard, who set out plans for self-sufficient settlements ringed by agricultural belts in 1898. Architect Raymond Unwin and his partner Barry Parker won the competition to lay out the first, Letchworth, in 1904.

Twenty-seven new towns drawing on garden city principles were built in the UK following the passing of the New Towns Act in 1946.

Locations of the 14 new garden villages

  • Long Marston, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Cotswolds, Oxfordshire 
  • Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire
  • Culm, Devon
  • Welborne, Hampshire
  • West Carclaze, Cornwall
  • Dunton Hills, Essex
  • Spitalgate Heath, Lincolnshire
  • Halsnead, Merseyside
  • Longcross, Surrey
  • Bailrigg, Lancaster
  • Infinity Garden Village, Derbyshire
  • St Cuthbert’s, Cumbria
  • Handforth, Cheshire

Locations of the three new garden towns

  • Aylesbury area, Buckinghamshire
  • Taunton area, Somerset
  • Harlow & Gilston, Essex-Hertfordshire border
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