With 300,000 new homes a year needed to meet Government targets, local authorities across the country have relied on Garden Communities to help meet their housing needs. Many of these schemes are large-scale and complex, and with a number of high-profile issues plaguing the progress of Garden Communities, their future is anything but certain.
BECG hosted a panel discussion on the importance of Garden Communities in fulfilling Local Plan housing need, the challenges faced, and what can be done to speed up and ease their delivery.
Our expert panel discussed what the key barriers are to growth were, and how developers can work with local authorities and central government to unlock them. We also looked at the implications of the emerging Planning White Paper, which has left the door open for radical planning reforms to make more Garden Communities a reality.
BECG was joined by a panel of:
- Mary Parsons – Chair of the Town and Country Planning Association
- Sandra Fryer – Former Board Member, and Chair of the Planning Committee, Ebbsfleet Garden City
- John Beresford – Managing Director, Buckland Development