Whether locally-led or not, Garden Cities, will make next to no difference to meeting housing need.
The most ambitious manifesto commitment to Garden Cities suggests up to 10 of them across the UK. Howard envisaged that Garden Cities would accommodate around 32,000 people – which in today’s money is about 12,500 homes – with the occasional larger ‘central’ Garden City of about 50-60,000 people (24,000 homes). Ten almost certainly highly controversial Garden Cities would give us an absolute maximum of 240,000 new homes across the UK.
Ok lets count then in Howards diagram below, 1 2 3, 4,5,6,7 Total population 250,000. Not much different than Milton Keynes, or Stevenage and the cluster of new Towns and Garden Cities around it. And thats at 12 to the acre, image we did the densities CPRE recommends like three times that. 10 proper ‘Scoial Cities’ at that density would produce 7.5 million homes. Readers of this blog will know there are 10 such sites at least and they are pretty soft ones. It would meet Londons housing shortfall and overspill over the next 30 years and the rest of the countries to boot.
Try tellling any major emerging economy country now building 100s of new settlements that they are not capable of building enough houses because of a selective misreading of a 100 year old text they will fall about laughing.
So please less of this obscurantist Ken Shuttleworth math either distorting what Howard said or pretending that his estimates or diagrams are gospel to be discared if a narrow interpretation of them doesnt fit your world view.