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AJ archive: Milton Keynes planning study (1969)


As the 1969 AJ notes it was a “bold plan”. The ongoing success of Milton Keynes in economic ,social and quality of life terms proves that boldness can work . This is in sharp contrast to housing minister Gavin Barwell’s rather timid announcement on the 2 nd January for 14 garden villages. I was eight years old living in the rural designated site when MK was born and I have followed it at close quarters for 50 years . There are many lessons to learn from this brave vision and must make this anniversary the moment we start to build on MK’s boldness and success. If the UK is to solve this shameful housing shortage we need vision , courage and bravery . Forget 14 garden villages. The government should announce 14 Garden towns designed by the best Urbanists ,Planners and Architects to tackle our housing crisis head on . They would be the children of Milton Keynes and exemplars of contemporary thinking . This is the year that the whole property industry should encourage bold visons in garden towns and cities .The RIBA and the RTPI should begin lobbying now .

Posted date

24 January, 2017

Posted time

1:20 pm