New garden cities won’t deal with short-term housing crisis

Building garden cities across parts of England will not solve the housing crisis, according to the Coalition’s Liberal Democrat planning adviser.

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, a Liberal Democrat peer who has recently overhauled planning rules for the Coalition, said “three garden cities are not going to make a major difference” because of the length of time it would take to build them.

The comments, reported in Planning magazine, are at odds with remarks from Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, who said last week that ministers had to be “honest and upfront” about where it plans to build new garden cities.

The new cities – which could be comprised of tens of thousands of new homes – would be built in areas considered to be Conservative heartlands and would lead to an outcry from grassroots activists.

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