‘These new communities will not be true garden cities’

PUBLISHED: 17:12 14 January 2017

Tony Skottowe

Tony Skottowe

Archant

Government plans for thousands of new homes in “garden villages” should be treated with caution, according to a prominent Welwyn Garden City enthusiast.

Ministers announced recently the locations of 14 “garden villages”, and three “garden towns”, including one straddling the Essex/Hertfordshire border near Harlow.

But Tony Skottowe of the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust was cautious about claiming victory for his hero, the town’s founding father Ebenezer Howard.

He said: “I am delighted they are going to build new communities, rather than just houses, but the Government is very careful not to call these garden cities.

“A garden city is self-sustaining in all aspects.”

Ebenezer Howard, he explained, envisaged communities that controlled their destinies financially by owning all their commercial land - a vision preserved today in Letchworth, but not Welwyn Garden City.


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