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WYG questions garden towns and density

We are always very appreciative to have the expertise of WYG's Planning Director, Anne Clements, at Future Cities Forum and so pleased to announce that she will be speaking at our November 22 event at Royal Arsenal Woolwich, on the housing crisis and the plans for new garden towns.

The government announced in the revised draft of the National Planning and Policy Framework that the creation of new garden villages and towns, was a significant future measure to help solve the current housing crisis.

However, Anne has reacted by saying that density is a key issue here and the government should look at the building of mansion blocks in order to provide enough homes.

In London, she stated, 'Old Oak Common is really the last major regeneration zone with any real scale for planning development left in the Capital, so we will have to be very adept at how we create new housing in the future'.

In her previous role at Quintain, Anne was responsible for much of the planning leadership for the regeneration of Wembley Park, the master plan being approved by Brent Council in 2016. It is the single largest purpose built build to rent/private rental sector development in the UK, with 5,000 homes being released in phases up to 2023.

WYG issued its official response to the UK government's revised draft of the National Planning Policy Framework back in May this year, warning that the importance of aligning strategies for housing and employment growth has been diluted.

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