Tag Archives: garden cities

“Homeowners could get payout if house values fall” – Nick Clegg on garden cities

In an unexpected intervention – an interview on BBC’s “Countryfile”, Nick Clegg has suggested that existing homeowners in areas where new garden cities are to be built could be compensated for any fall in value that might be caused by the building work;

We could maybe give deductions on council tax over a period of time during which the garden city is being built, we could possibly also say to those homeowners where they think the price of their homes will be effected, we will guarantee the price of their home, by buying it, if you like, up front.”

The …

Posted in News | Also tagged and | 20 Comments

Clegg announces three new garden cities to be built

Nick Clegg Q&A York Some rights reserved by Liberal DemocratsThe BBC reports:

Up to three garden cities, each with more than 15,000 homes will be built to help deal with a “chronic” housing shortage, Nick Clegg has announced. The deputy prime minister promised “high-quality homes in thriving new communities”, on potential sites yet to be identified.

Funding from an existing £2.4bn pot will be made available for developments being built up to 2020. Councils will be asked to raise any concerns over the schemes.

Last year 109,370 new homes were completed in England, …

Posted in News | Also tagged and | 17 Comments

Farron: Tories are “nimby” over garden cities

From today’s Telegraph:

A secret Whitehall report recommending that two new cities are built in southern England to combat the housing shortage is being suppressed by David Cameron, The Telegraph can disclose.

The document was drawn up after the Prime Minister gave a speech supporting the idea nearly two years ago. It was described this week by Nick Clegg, his deputy, as a “prospectus” for future developments.

Posted in News | Also tagged , , and | 16 Comments

Opinion: Could Garden Cities be Nick Clegg’s legacy?

It is May 2032 and I am cycling through the green leafy lanes of Coalition Garden City.

There is something remarkable about this new town that sets it apart from Cumbernauld and Cwmbran, even from fabled Letchworth and iconic Milton Keynes. I am on my way to interview the Mayor of Coalition Garden City to find out how this town of 60,000 people achieved the highest happiness ratings in Britain.

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged | 10 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarChris 24th Feb - 5:22pm
    Martin - my comment arises from frustration regarding the focus placed on the apparent potential of returning from irrelevance via anti-Brexit campaigning. I fundamentally disagree...
  • User AvatarLaurence Cox 24th Feb - 5:08pm
    There are as many different proposals for Basic Income as proposers, but I will concentrate on three and just consider payments to a single working-age...
  • User AvatarLaurence Cox 24th Feb - 5:07pm
    In the last paragraph of my review, I included a couple of caveats: " ...and while I am unconvinced that the taxation consequences of Basic...
  • User AvatarBilal 24th Feb - 4:57pm
    It was a disaster for the LibDems in Stoke. Turnout was very low and the Brexit vote was split 3 ways between Lab, Tory and...
  • User Avatarmatt 24th Feb - 4:51pm
    This really infuriates me https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-personal-independence-payment-regulations "people who cannot carry out a journey because of a visual or cognitive impairment are likely to need more support...
  • User AvatarGreg 24th Feb - 4:45pm
    Ask yourself this question: If the UK scraps its nuclear weapons, will nuclear war in the future be less likely or more likely? Will disarmament...