Garden Villages and Garden Towns are envisaged as sociable, green communities, each with a centre that is easily walked to and a transport system built for sustainability. Our report found that the reality threatens to be very different.

Building site

Planning reform is coming

The Government has launched proposals to reform the planning system. What could this mean for transport?

Examining new housing

Checklist for new housing developments

What are the specific elements that make up a non-car-dependent housing development? We’ve produced a Checklist.


The original Transport for New Homes report

Our 2018 report revealed the deep flaws in the planning system which leave residents of new housing developments dependent on cars.

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The Planning White Paper – how to respond

Sorry, this consultation has now closed. The government is consulting on proposals to reform the planning system in England. Unfortunately, ...
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1 day ago
We need to build new housing around local shops and services, active travel and public transport. The alternative is bad for our health, communities and environment. If you share our concerns, please sign up for our e-newsletter:
2 days ago
Citing our research, @FriendsofLakes expresses concerns about Garden Villages in its response to the Planning White Paper:

Most Garden Villages are planned in the wrong places & risk being very car-dependent:

1 week ago
We're concerned that the Planning White Paper could lock in a future of car-based sprawl around major road construction. Our @respros and Jenny Raggett have written this piece for @ThePlanner_RTPI: