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If conservation areas can have a mix of homes and amenities, why can’t newly planned communities?

Cafe

We’re concerned that a proposed change to ‘permitted development rights’ would make it harder for local authorities to plan communities with a mix of homes, shops and services. Our Homes Without Jams campaign is all about ensuring changes to the planning system result in new homes being built in the right locations with good transport …

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Our joint letter to the Telegraph about high street planning

On 18 January 2021 our joint letter, written together with 18 organisations, was published in the Telegraph: Sir We urge the Government to think again about its proposals to allow high street businesses to be changed to housing without full planning permission. Based on recent experience, we believe that the proposals, if enacted, will lower …

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Planning white paper risks more car dependent sprawl

Homes Without Jams

Our country needs more homes. What we don’t need is more sprawling, car-dependent estates far from town centres and public transport links. The proposed planning reforms will cause the same problems as the current system when it comes to transport and new housing. At Transport for New Homes we looked at the proposed reforms and …

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The Planning White Paper – how to respond

Image: roundabout in new development

Sorry, this consultation has now closed. The government is consulting on proposals to reform the planning system in England. Unfortunately, Transport for New Homes is concerned that the reforms are likely to encourage more car-based sprawl. Read the ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper If you share our concerns about the transport implications of the …

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Sustainability Through the Looking Glass

Fawley Power Station site

Guest blog by Richard Tamplin ”When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” Of course, we all know what sustainability means – don’t we? It’s now almost 40 years since the United Nations, concerned by the …

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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’. Rather 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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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