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Ebenezer Howard Versus Garden Communities

For a long time now, I have had an uneasy relationship with the late Sir Ebenezer Howard. He was, without doubt, a remarkable man, whose ideas have spread around the world. He disproves Shakespeare-apos-s belief about the evil that men do living after them, while the good is oft interred with their ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 15 January 2020

Augean Stables

I suppose if I had just returned from a long and lonesome space voyage to Mars, I would be delighted to discover the Government is planning to spend around a hundred billion pounds or so on rail investment in England. But, as we all know, although that cash could pay for many high priorities like li...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 14 January 2020

A Happy And Smart New Year To You All

The Queen was perfectly accurate in her assessment that it may have felt quite bumpy at times this year. It certainly did. It was, after all, a year which saw the Brexit debate come to a head and an extremely divisive general election. It saw conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere take even ugli...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 31 December 2019

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PRESS RELEASE Griff Rhys Jones Joins Groups Fighting Garden Communities

Added on 13 April 2018

 

Civic Voice president Griff Rhys Jones has added his voice to the groups fighting "garden communities" being imposed on them by the Government.

He has penned a powerful Foreword to a Smart Growth UK report mostly written by groups around the country who are opposing garden towns and villages. Griff warns that, far from being utopias, these are disordered schemes that ignore local communities and would be located on wholly unsuitable sites.

"We encounter proposals that are not going to answer local needs for housing at all, but will waste precious countryside by building low density sprawling estates and creating expensive houses," he says.

"These are nearly all extensions and not new settlements."

Griff warns that terms like "housing crisis" and "emergency" are being used to force through development of the countryside which enriches land owners but fails to provide the affordable homes we need.

The report sets out detailed objections by six groups opposing Government-sponsored garden communities and four opposing large greenfield developments dubbed "garden villages" by their promoters.

"We need to recognize that people who urge care, caution and attention are not dwelling in the past," says Griff. "They are protecting the future."

He says the protests, assessments and legitimate concerns in the report make sober reading.

Smart Growth UK Report

 

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