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"New settlements needed in the right places", RTPI responds to government's garden village announcement

04 January 2017

The government has announced the locations of 14 new garden villages and a two-year £6 million fund to support their development across England.

Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive said:

“New settlements in the right places are part of the solution to the housing crisis. We are encouraged by the Government’s intention to help deliver schemes, many of which may have been part of Councils’ planning strategies for some time. Providing infrastructure upfront in a coordinated way is often critical to successful delivery of development and creating great places. We urge the government to use the £2.3billion Housing and Infrastructure Fund to provide infrastructure upfront in a coordinated way to help deliver development and create places.

We welcome the Government’s promise to help local authorities with resource for expertise given the gradual decline in numbers of professional planners in planning departments. We would like to see more detail about the kinds of “planning freedoms” the government intends to allow, given the importance afforded to heavily scrutinised local and neighbourhood plans, and the current drive by Government for all Council’s to have adopted local plans this year.”

Read: The Planner, Government announces first garden village locations

Read: Guest blog, Why we need garden villages by Lord Taylor of Goss Moor HonRTPI