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New Town Development Strategies CoverA big thank you to all those delegates who took part in the Town Planning Strategies workshop in Manila last week.

As promised I provide the PowerPoint presentations for your further information.

If you have any questions or would like to post your own ideas and experiences on this website then do please get in touch. This is an open forum so all contributions are gratefully received.

Links to the YouTube Videos used during the presentation are provided below:

Don’t Panic!

What is a Garden City?

The UK’s First Eco-Town

Smarter Cities

Future Cities

Bill Gates – Water from Waste

Housing crisis needs 40 garden cities

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As many 40 new garden cities are needed to solve the housing crisis, according to planners and architects shortlisted for a prestigious prize.
The 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize this year looks at submissions on the question: “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?”
Submissions from three of the five finalists suggest that 30 to 40 cities with between 10,000 and 50,000 homes are needed over the next 20 years.

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New Town Development Corporation for Ebbsfleet Garden City

ebbsfleet1Communities secretary Eric Pickles has outlined plans to set up a development corporation to co-ordinate future development of the proposed Ebbsfleet Garden City.
The body will be part of the DCLG’s plan to put local people at the heart of shaping future projects.
The DCLG said that the new corporation would assist local authorities with solving issues that have previously held Ebbsfleet back, as well as co-ordinating investment and ensuring development gets driven forward.

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Doing It The Milton Keynes Way – BBC Radio 4 Programme

Milton Keynes is gaining a reputation for something other than its roundabouts and concrete cows. The much maligned new-town is now leading the way in the economic recovery and topping the league tables as the UK’s most business-friendly town.
MK, as it’s affectionately known by its residents, has many of the key ingredients when it comes to attracting business investment. It has good connections to London and the rest of the country, plenty of factory and office space, an abundance of skilled graduates on its doorstop and house prices well below the national average, as building has kept up with the town’s booming population. All this has helped Milton Keynes build one of the strongest city economies in the UK, boasting the 4th highest business start-up rate and the 3rd highest output per worker out of 64 cities.
Deborah Meaden, the fearsome business brain of TV’s ‘Dragon’s Den’, travels to Milton Keynes to visit different businesses and find out if there is a secret ingredient beyond the issues of location and education. Local entrepreneurs talk about the ‘Milton Keynes can-do attitude’. They say part of the reason MK has thrived is due to their drive to push their businesses forward and work together. Deborah discusses the nature of the unique MK mind-set with three small business owners to pin down exactly what it is.
But there is a question over whether Milton Keynes is going to inspire its next generation – just in the same way today’s business leaders were galvanised by the town’s planners or ‘founding fathers’, who cemented a pioneering spirit into its culture. Two young entrepreneurs tell Deborah that although MK is a great place to start up, it needs to make sure it attracts more innovative hi-tech companies and independent shops and businesses in order to maintain its success into the future.
So what can other cities learn from Milton Keynes? Chief executive of the think tank Centre For Cities, Alexandra Jones, shares her thoughts on which parts of MK’s success can be replicated in other parts of the UK, especially in the cities of northern England where economic growth is desperately needed. Should more cities be doing it the Milton Keynes way?

To listen to the programme CLICK HERE

Government offers support for locally-led garden cities

Communities with ideas for a new generation of garden cities will receive support from the government to turn their ambitions into reality, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced (14 April 2014).

A prospectus will help communities work up proposals for ambitious new developments, which are locally-led, include at least 15,000 homes and have the backing of existing residents.

There is genuine enthusiasm and ambition for growth in communities across the country, but new developments must be well-designed, and bring together high-quality homes, jobs, and green spaces in communities where people want to live raise their children.

The Government want to work closely with areas which bring forward strong expressions of interest to help them develop their proposals, understand the barriers to delivery and offer government brokerage and support through the Large Sites scheme and other existing schemes where it can help to unblock these.

Ministers believe these locally-led developments will play a crucial role in delivering the number of new homes the country needs, but it is vital that they are not imposed from above.

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Budget 2014: Garden city prospectus to be published by Easter

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The government will publish a prospectus by Easter setting out how local authorities could develop their own ‘locally-led’ proposals for bringing forward new garden cities, chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Today’s Budget, which confirmed that the government will support a new garden city at Ebbsfleet, Kent, revealed that the prospectus will be published “by Easter 2014”.

The prospectus had been promised by the government more than two years ago to define the processes for promoting large settlements and garden cities, but has yet to be published.

The Budget document said that a dedicated urban development corporation would be formed to “drive forward the creation” of the Ebbsfleet garden city. It added that up to £200 million of infrastructure funding would be made available to kick start development.

In his Budget speech, Osborne said: “We’re going to build 15,000 homes there, put in the infrastructure, set up the development corporation and make it happen.”

Stuart Robinson, executive director and chairman of UK planning at property firm CBRE, said: “”Garden cities were a step forward in their time but what is required currently is a model very different to what we saw at Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City.

“And although the mayor is gallantly using innovative ideas to procure homes at a faster rate, the scale of the housing crisis in London will need solutions which address the heart of the undersupply in problems in the capital.”

National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr said: “We welcome the announcement of the new garden city in Ebbsfleet, but it will only make a difference if it is the first of many. The new homes in Ebbsfleet must not merely replace homes that would have been built elsewhere.”

From PlanningResource
http://www.planningresource.co.uk

15,000-home garden city to be built at Ebbsfleet

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A garden city with an initial 15,000 homes will be built at Ebbsfleet in Kent, George Osborne has announced.
The chancellor told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show the site was chosen because there was “fantastic” infrastructure and it was in south-east England where pressure on housing has been high.
He said local people wanted to see regeneration of the area.

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