FT – Cameron Blocks Naming of Sites for New Towns before Next Election

Sorry this was paywalled and came out on New Years Eve so missed it.

We knew that the Government was stalling on this.  The bigger issue though is how could any minister legally announce any site for a new town without consideration of alternatives under the EU SEA directive – in other words a regional plan.

So who is leaking from Number 10?

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David Cameron is stalling plans for new wave of ‘garden cities’ to avoid backlash from ‘nimby’ protestors in the lead up to the 2015 general election

 David Cameron has dropped his support for a new generation of ‘garden cities’ for fear of sparking a backlash from ‘nimby’ protestors in the lead up to the 2015 general election, according to the Financial Times.

The prime minister first floated the idea for a new generation of garden cities in early 2012, then in November of that year the deputy prime minster promised the government would offer incentives for the creation of imaginative new developments, with the government commiting to create “garden cities and suburbs for the 21st century”.

At the time, Nick Clegg argued that the UK must “build its way out” of a housing crisis, insisting that it was no longer good enough to think of small-scale developments on the edge of towns.

However, more than a year after Clegg’s commitment little progress has been made, with a long-awaited paper on the proposals yet to emerge.

According to the Financial Times, the prime minister is reluctant to press ahead with detailed proposals for new garden cities for fear of prompting a backlash in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

The FT said that, according to one Downing Street official, Cameron had forbidden ministers from identifying any sites for potential new towns during this parliament.

A Conservative spokesman told the FT that the party did not “recognise any of this”.

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Posted on January 7, 2014, in urban planning. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Bit like where Maggie said that there wasn’t a list of 70-odd pits scheduled for closure before the miners strike and it turns out now that papers have been unlocked that there was! And it is going to get worse as the election gets nearer.

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