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Aylesbury announced as new Garden Town in Government plans

Aylesbury Town Square Aylesbury Town Square Photo: © Steve Cook (Flickr)

2 January 2017

On 2 January the Government announced plans for Aylesbury to be given Garden Town status. The announcement included plans for two other garden towns, in Taunton and Harlow and Gilston, and 14 new garden villages.

Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, comments:

"CPRE welcomes efforts to tackle the housing crisis in the form of high quality, well-planned and well-located developments. Done well with genuine local consent, garden villages and garden towns can be part of the solution and certainly preferable to what is currently happening in too many parts of the country - poor quality new estates plonked down on the edge of villages and market towns, in the teeth of local opposition and in defiance of good planning principles.

"But CPRE will look closely at these specific proposals to ensure that they really are locally led; that they respect the Green Belt and other planning designations; and that they meet housing need, particularly the need for genuinely affordable housing for local people, and are not driven by over-ambitious, centrally dictated housing targets.

"Where communities support new settlements, they should be protected from speculative planning applications for a long time to come."

CPRE Buckinghamshire will be closely monitoring progress with the Aylesbury proposal to ensure that quality green spaces, good design and well planned transport links are at the heart of the plan. We call for Aylesbury Vale District Council to run a full public consultation on the ‘masterplan’ currently under development.


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