Garden Villages and Garden Towns: Visions and Reality
Garden Communities are envisaged as sociable, green communities, each with a centre that is easily walked to and a transport system built for sustainability.
Our new report, Garden Villages and Garden Towns: Visions and Reality, found that the reality threatens to be very different.
Transport for New Homes examined plans for 20 Garden Communities in detail, as well as the funding and policy landscape behind them, and found that – in their current form – they will generate high levels of traffic by condemning their residents to car-dependent lifestyles.
Most are planned in the wrong locations, far from town centres and rail stations. They lack local facilities and their streets are designed around car use. Funding for walking, cycling and public transport is missing.
- Just the 20 Garden Communities that we looked at will create up to 200,000 car-dependent households
- Non-driving residents will have to walk up to seven miles to access the nearest town centre or a railway station
Unless this picture improves, Garden Communities will be completely at odds with the visions presented, worsening climate change and failing their residents.
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- View photos from our site visits
- Read our press release about the report
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