Uh oh! The unelected quangocrats at the Planning Inspectorate are going to find the our local plan unsound if we don’t allocate another 4000 homes. No problem! Some speculative developers were threatening to JR the plan anyway so let’s just allocate a garden village on the former airfield that they have been promoting! Disaster averted. Control of the Council retained.
Everybody wins with garden cities.
Paragraph 73 of the draft revision says that:
The omission prompted a statement from the TCPA and 63 others (including councils, professional bodies, trade associations, charities, planning consultancies, architects and developers) that expressed concern about the possible implications.
"Ministers have been clear that garden towns and villages remain a vital tool to delivering the transformational housing growth this country needs. "We have already backed 24 new garden cities, towns and villages which have the potential to create 220,000 new homes and are committed to supporting the introduction of more."
That is not much of an explanation and actually begs the question, if garden towns and villages are so vital and if the government is so committed to supporting more, why remove their reference in the nation’s planning policy framework?