Optimism is needed on garden city proposals

Lord Taylor is certainly correct about the scale of the contribution to housing needs that three new garden cities could make (see related links).

He quotes a maximum annual housing completion figure for Milton Keynes of 3,500 - but that was for the entire borough of Milton Keynes.

The highest annual completions achieved within the new town designated area (in 1982 and 1985) were just below 3,000 - and in 1982 more than half of those completions were public sector. He may, however, be unduly pessimistic about the lead-time: Milton Keynes was designated as a New Town in 1967 and the first housing completions took place in 1971 - in four years rather than the ten Lord Taylor suggests.

David Hackforth, commenting on news that a Lib Dem peer has warned that garden cities alone will not solve the housing crisis.

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