Campaign to Protect Rural England responds to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government's prospectus for new garden communities, published today
Matt Thomson, Head of Planning at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said:
"New emphasis on brownfield and transformational regeneration in the government’s latest garden communities prospectus is welcome, but would be better placed if support for such schemes were prioritised".
"As a whole, though, the prospectus is another example of the ‘garden’ soubriquet being applied to even more random development proposals, which all seem to lead to low-density, car-dependent, residential-led sprawl".
"Even the revised NPPF recognises the importance of using what limited land we have more efficiently. We need to ask whether ‘homes with gardens’ are compatible with the achievement of sustainable, walkable communities, and we need to get the efficient use of land back onto the Garden Cities agenda".