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Owenstown, in Lanarkshire's Douglas Valley, could become Britain's first new garden city for nearly a century

What about Milton Keynes, Basildon, Bracknell, Peterlee, Redditch, Runcorn etc etc etc?

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Owenstown is named after the visionary philanthropist Robert Owen whose New Lanark model village, now a Unesco World Heritage Site, is close by. Owenstown, could one day be home to 5,000 co-operative pioneers drawn by the promise of living and working in a society that is being described as "a new international benchmark for utopian living".

:lol::lol:

Yeah yeah utopian living - international benchmark - buy one get one free - buy now while stocks last - never undersold - visionary.

Pull the other one. The usual hype and garbage.

Why not just get straight to it and call it the new Brasilia. Lanark - in winter that'll be Brrrrrasilia.

It'll be the same old grim and dreary soviet style cheapo housing that the UK is so renowned for - as for gardens :rolleyes:

Edited by billybong

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This type of development needs to be repeated about 50 times a year to keep up with demand. I bet this one does not get past the nimby's let alone another 50 per year.

The government should be able to override all the planning laws, nibys etc and just approve/dictate planning, that way we might get some decent developments built in the UK.

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Lots of talk of working in the community and suchlike, but guaranteed this place will just turn into a commuter town for Glasgow!

Lots of talk all right for almost the last 5 years but nothing more.

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Lots of talk of working in the community and suchlike, but guaranteed this place will just turn into a commuter town for Glasgow!

Exactly. There's all kinds of stuff about sustainability and renewable energy and so on on the website, but on the front page they say

Owenstown is well connected to the national road and rail network. The M74 is only three miles away there is also a railway station in the nearby Lanark that connects to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle and further afield.

Admittedly the station in Lanark is probably less than 5 miles away, but I'd be willing to bet that plenty of the reisdents would be commuting to Glasgow by car.

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Why don't they build the bl**dy thing on land surrounding an existing rail line?

Then all that is required is an extra stop.

I think the principle behind this is good, it would be nice to see one done properly to serve as an inspiration.

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What about Milton Keynes, Basildon, Bracknell, Peterlee, Redditch, Runcorn etc etc etc?

Those were public works projects, unlike Letchworth and Welwyn which were privately funded (like this one in Lanarkshire). I lived in Bracknell for a while, and it is deeply unpleasant.

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What about Milton Keynes, Basildon, Bracknell, Peterlee, Redditch, Runcorn etc etc etc?

..and Northampton, Peterborough etc.. Had their own Development Corporations which resulted in a massive increase in social housing, alongside private construction too.

We should re-invent the 'Development Corporation.' Northampton has managed to build right up to the M1, with scarcely a boomer complaint*, because everyone knew what they were letting themselves in for.

Well I say scarcely a complaint, the boomers of Hardingstone are none too happy.

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Will it end up like Hampstead Garden Suburb in north London? Built as a mixed community for all social classes, the 'artisan's cottages' for labourers now fetch about a million pounds! :lol: Still, at least most of the people there are still socialists. :rolleyes:

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Will it end up like Hampstead Garden Suburb in north London? Built as a mixed community for all social classes, the 'artisan's cottages' for labourers now fetch about a million pounds! :lol: Still, at least most of the people there are still socialists. :rolleyes:

Bit like Letchworth - the poster boy for those pushing new "garden cities", but in truth a dreadfully boring place to live. It's a garden city for those rich enough to buy the £1/2-million-plus places with gardens, but for everyone else it's the same new-build flats and council estates with limited or no gardens that you get elsewhere.

Edited by RentingForever

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South Lanarkshire new town plan opposed by council planners

Plans for an eco-friendly new town in South Lanarkshire are expected to be rejected by councillors.

Developers want to build the town - called Owenstown - near New Lanark, based on co-operative principles.

Planning officials at South Lanarkshire Council have recommended refusal of the project.

A document they prepared said the scheme does not fit into the local development plan and concluded: "The concept of a new town, based on the co-operative principles described by the applicants, could be acceptable in the right location and under the right circumstances.

"Overall, however, it is concluded the site the subject of the application is inappropriate."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-26821634

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South Lanarkshire new town plan opposed by council planners

Plans for an eco-friendly new town in South Lanarkshire are expected to be rejected by councillors.

Developers want to build the town - called Owenstown - near New Lanark, based on co-operative principles.

Planning officials at South Lanarkshire Council have recommended refusal of the project.

A document they prepared said the scheme does not fit into the local development plan and concluded: "The concept of a new town, based on the co-operative principles described by the applicants, could be acceptable in the right location and under the right circumstances.

"Overall, however, it is concluded the site the subject of the application is inappropriate."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-26821634

Enough of this central planning sull5hit.

Buyers are ultimately the ones who will determine if the development is appropriate - if it's not then they wont buy and the developer will go bust.

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