Garden cities must be exempt from Right to Buy, TCPA says

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has called on Government to ensure that homes in existing and proposed Garden Cities are exempt from the proposed extension of the Right to Buy - ensuring the cities remain socially mixed and affordable.

Garden city. Image: Supplied
Garden city. Image: Supplied

Speaking at the Planning Research Convention this morning, TCPA chief executive said:"Garden Cities built today must have a primary focus on providing homes for everyone in society and in particular those most in need in the current housing crisis.

"That means that Garden Cities must include genuinely affordable housing for essential low-paid workers – whose employment underpins an economy on which we all depend. Garden Cities must also deliver intermediate forms of tenure for people on average incomes trying to get onto the housing ladder."

The extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants, a measure proposed in the forthcoming Housing Bill, has potentially significant implications for the housing offer in both existing and new Garden Cities.

Henderson added: "While the implication of the proposed extension to the Right to Buy in Garden Cities is not yet known, if there is a genuine commitment to new Garden Cities by Government then they will have to include a mix of housing types and tenures, as well as providing social and affordable housing in perpetuity."

This autumn the TCPA will produce a series of guides designed to provide more detailed information and best practice examples to support those engaged in delivering visionary new Garden Cities.

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