Waste and Minerals Sites Hold Clue to Why Gerrards Cross and Yalding got chosen as ‘Garden City’ Sites

The mystery looks solved.  Both villages have large waste or minerals sites prominently visible from the train.  One can only assume that cabinet office civil servants did a quick look out of the window whilst commuting site visit and that was it.

Gerrards Cross has a huge landfill site to its West due to close in 2017.  Of course it has a full restoration condition so it does not count as a brownfield site.

Yalding similrly has a large sand and gravel site to its south, however the operator has agreed to wind down operations and it was removed as a site from the Kent Waste and Minerals framework, of course it is also in teh flood plain.

None of this makes either site any less silly.

 

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