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David Milibland On The Thames Gateway Development

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We want to build communities as well as homes

Great headline, then it's down hill from there. Sort of sums up the New Labour project really, doesn't it?

Wow. You know, that reads just like a housing manifesto from Futurists in the 1930s. I love the bit about low cost and high quality going hand in hand - you can just see the plebs of the future being ushered into their high quality portakabins while the rich continue to live in their Victorian and Georgian homes.

Indeed, "affordable" housing is the council estate of the future.

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I thought it was quite a positive article actually. It seemed influenced by progressive town planning thinking (slogan "green spaces, not green belt"), which is effectively the only long term housing solution for the uk.

It's the hastily thrown up, ill-planned urban BTL developments that will be the chav-dens of the future, not well-planned communities with integrated parks, schools and other amenities.

It really is all about town planning.

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I thought it was quite a positive article actually. It seemed influenced by progressive town planning thinking (slogan "green spaces, not green belt"), which is effectively the only long term housing solution for the uk.

It's the hastily thrown up, ill-planned urban BTL developments that will be the chav-dens of the future, not well-planned communities with integrated parks, schools and other amenities.

It really is all about town planning.

frugalista

As with many things, the devil is in the detail. I live in Milton Keynes, where a good attempt has been made to put some of those things into practice. However, over the years, the idealism has tended to wear off, and the amount of green space decrease. For example, John Prescott has doubled the housing density of the proposed Millennium village in Oakgrove. So MK goes from a low density place to a high density one,

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