At the Labour Party conference Ed Milliband said that his party would “identify new towns and garden cities” to solve the housing crisis. He has set up a commission to explore the idea.
Shadow Planning Minster Roberta Blackman-Woods has announced that a commission will be headed by ex-BBC Chairman Sir Michael Lyons to establish whether major new-town developments should be decided at national rather than local level.
However, she went on to say that the proposals for new towns should come from local authorities with the carrot of financial incentives and freedoms to prompt them into action.
Mayfields is a proposal for a 10,000 home town near Sayers Common harking back to the low-rise ‘garden suburb’ concept but without being a ‘suburb’ or a dormitory town serving other employment locations; small enough to engender a sense of shared community but large enough to be economically sustainable without adversely impacting upon the environment [see earlier story].
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The chances of Mid Sussex District Council supporting any new town, and thus “coming forward” with a proposal, are remote no matter what incentives are offered.
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