Nick Clegg favours garden cities ‘with consent’ in Oxfordshire

The Oxford Times: Nick Clegg Nick Clegg

A GARDEN city will not be imposed on Oxfordshire, the Government announced yesterday as it set out its prospectus for new settlements of 15,000 homes.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who delivered “a call to arms” for a new generation of garden cities, said schemes should be locally led and have the backing of local people.

Oxfordshire and countryside in the “arc of prosperity” between Oxford and Cambridge have repeatedly figured in speculation about where three new garden cities would be.

Mr Clegg promised “high-quality homes in thriving new communities”, with potential sites yet to be identified.

He said: “Today I publish a new garden cities prospectus, which calls for local areas to submit their plans for garden cities that will provide affordable homes, good schools and jobs for the next generation, while at the same time preserving the countryside.

“This is a call to arms for visionaries in local areas in need of housing to put forward radical and ambitious proposals to develop their own garden cities.”

The Government hopes a £1bn infrastructure fund for large housing sites will be an incentive, while any proposals should have the support of local councils, both district and county.

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12:21pm Tue 15 Apr 14

TobyB1960 says...

Spread 21,000 new homes over the Vale you don't get a penny from the government. Instead only build 15,000 in a clump and you get to share £1bn. Seems logical!
Spread 21,000 new homes over the Vale you don't get a penny from the government. Instead only build 15,000 in a clump and you get to share £1bn. Seems logical! TobyB1960
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12:50pm Tue 15 Apr 14

King Joke says...

A garden city - ie miles and miles of car-based semi-detatched sprawl as seen in Welwyn and Letchworth - is the last thing we need in this county. We need high-density mixed-use development close to existing public transport hubs or corridors.
A garden city - ie miles and miles of car-based semi-detatched sprawl as seen in Welwyn and Letchworth - is the last thing we need in this county. We need high-density mixed-use development close to existing public transport hubs or corridors. King Joke
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11:11am Wed 16 Apr 14

AylesburyOx says...

Roads and rail links, that's what Oxfordshire needs. If the government invested the same money to improve the transport links in the county then the existing housing would be more than adequate
Roads and rail links, that's what Oxfordshire needs. If the government invested the same money to improve the transport links in the county then the existing housing would be more than adequate AylesburyOx
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10:57pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Severian says...

After seeing how the NW Bicester site was given planning permission with no prior public consultation, and was just announced that we were getting it, I wouldn't believe anything any politician tells me about planning. If it suits them they will do it, if it doesn't they won't, and nothing we the public think or say will make any difference.
After seeing how the NW Bicester site was given planning permission with no prior public consultation, and was just announced that we were getting it, I wouldn't believe anything any politician tells me about planning. If it suits them they will do it, if it doesn't they won't, and nothing we the public think or say will make any difference. Severian
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