Home » Blog

So, what else could we build?

In our recent report, Garden Villages and Garden Towns: Visions and Reality, we explain that, although the visions for garden communities are often very good, we fear ‘business as usual’.┬áRather than enabling people to walk, cycle and use public transport to go about their daily lives, these developments will generate high levels of traffic by …

Read more

If Active Travel England is set up right it could increase walking and cycling for residents of new homes

Cyclists

On 28 July 2020 the UK Government announced the creation of Active Travel England, a funding body for walking and cycling provision in England and also an inspectorate of the work of highways authorities. This formed part of the Gear Change: A bold vision for cycling and walking plans set out the same day. The …

Read more

Green promises broken: Garden Villages and Garden Towns will be dominated by the car

The vision and reality of Garden Communities

Press release: 16 June 2020 Far from being vibrant, green communities, Garden Villages and Garden Towns [1] are at high risk of becoming car-dependent commuter estates, research by Transport for New Homes [2] has found. The group examined plans for 20 Garden Communities [3] and found that they will create up to 200,000 car-dependent households, …

Read more

Let us know how changes to the planning system are affecting your area

Building site

Planning and the making of planning decisions have not stopped because of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. The Coronavirus Act 2020 gave councils the ability to run planning committees remotely. However, even before this legislation became law many authorities were making new arrangements for planning decisions, including delegating decisions to officers and council leaders rather than …

Read more

Looking to the UN Sustainable Development Goals to guide good urban growth

Camilla Ween

Guest blog by Camilla Ween, RIBA, MCIHT, AoU, Harvard Loeb Fellow The planet is in a climate crisis and the UK is in a housing crisis. We need a paradigm shift in the way we do things so that we can deliver about 250,000 new homes annually, that will not exacerbate our attempts to reach …

Read more

Transport for New Homes Award: Royal Arsenal Riverside

Royal Arsenal Riverside

Royal Arsenal Riverside was announced as winner of the Transport for New Homes Award 2019 in the metropolitan category. Judge Tim Pharoah, who visited the development, tells us why. London needs many more homes, and high-density developments are required. At Woolwich Arsenal, the impact of tall blocks is lessened by the generous provision of open …

Read more

Transport for New Homes Award: Bath Riverside

Bath Riverside

Bath Riverside was announced as winner of the Transport for New Homes Award 2019 in the non-metropolitan category. Judge Tim Pharoah, who visited the development, tells us why. All too often new housing is built around car use, but Bath Riverside bucks the trend in a positive way by providing really good walking, cycling and …

Read more

Transport for New Homes Award: Poundbury

Poundbury

Poundbury is an urban extension to the Dorset county town of Dorchester, built according to the principles of Charles, Prince of Wales, on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. Poundbury was highly commended in the Transport for New Homes Awards 2019. Judge Jenny Raggett, who visited the development, tells us why. One of the …

Read more