In response to the Government’s announcement at the start of 2017 to use garden cities and towns as a way of supporting much-needed housing delivery across 14 key regions in the UK, PBA has launched this new blog series to review the original principles of the garden city movement and discuss how these need to be updated to be relevant to the challenges of tomorrow.
In the first of these blogs, PBA Partner Tim Allen has drawn on his experience of the emerging story at Ebbsfleet, where we have been engaged for over 25 years, as well as our experience on many of the Government named garden settlement schemes around the country.
In subsequent posts, we will explore some of the emerging principles in more detail. We hope that this series will contribute to a better understanding of how garden style communities can be developed to provide sustainable places where people will want to live, work and play – as well as to make a contribution to meeting future housing needs.
We look forward to talking to you more about our ideas, and to hearing your views. Contact us to find out more.
Could Howard’s original vision, that the Garden City Movement would resolve fundamental social and community problems for both city and country dwellers, be lost?
With the connections between place, mobility, health and wellbeing now increasingly present in our policy conversations, are we finally catching up with the Garden City pioneers?
Can we realise the dream of a cleaner, greener, and more economical garden city?
The challenges facing planners are markedly different to when the original Garden Settlements were being planned 100 years ago.