How do you build a place that people want to live in_ look to the past and listen to locals

Regional Growth Funds, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Northern Powerhouse: successive UK governments have over the past few years tried to boost productivity and development outside of London with a series of buzzword-driven policies.

Chancellor Philip Hammond relaxed borrowing rules to launch a £23bn fund for investment in housing, transport and innovation in November’s Autumn Statement. Basketball wives season 5 episode 2 The money will be used to build infrastructure for up to 100,000 new homes and fund the installation of better broadband connections, for example.

The Government is still pushing on with establishing a garden city from scratch in Ebbsfleet, Kent, and the forthcoming housing White Paper will also promote the establishment of brand new garden towns and villages.


Football field clipart So, how do you create successful places where people want to live, which contribute to the economy? Two thriving towns offer examples: take lessons from the past, and listen to the local community about what they want for their future.

Since it was established as a new town 50 years ago, Milton Keynes has been the butt of jokes, perceived as somewhere, filled with 130 roundabouts, where nobody would want to live.

“People turn their nose up at it, which is unfair,” says Johnny Morris, head of residential research at Countrywide. Baseball drills for kids The soaring property market begs to differ, with house prices rising 45pc in the last five years.

People want to live in Milton Keynes. Little league baseball scorekeeping app Part of the draw is the strong local economy: there are high levels of employment and income, with big businesses such as Argos, Deloitte and Network Rail offering a full range of low to high skilled jobs. Softball field layout “You have to build a strong local economy,” says Morris. Pitch angle wind turbine “You should be aiming to build a place of its own rather than a dormitory town for people to live and work elsewhere.”

This is a problem for Ebbsfleet, which in 2014 the Government pledged would be Britain’s first new garden city in 100 years, with 15,000 new homes. Softball rules It set up a development corporation, similar to that which created Milton Keynes 50 years ago. Driveway sealer drying time Just 17 minutes away from London by high-speed train, you might think it would be a roaring success. Fencing olympics But even in an area where the housing shortage is most acute, demand for homes there remains weak, and after nine years after building first started, so far only around 500 homes have been built there.

The lack of a strong local economy is one culprit. Football teams by state But it’s also about the place itself, the urban environment which fosters the development of community, even in a big city. Garden state park Milton Keynes was built in the third wave of new towns, meaning it could be planned with the benefit of hindsight, avoiding the mistakes made in the previous iterations.

Built on a grid, it was designed to grow with the population, with each grid square its own community with its own amenities. Michigan softball coach Estates and squares continue to be built and evolve, more densely packed now to accommodate public transport and filled with amenities so, for example, existing schools don’t fill up.

There is also a vast amount of green space: two-fifths of it is open space and the council looks after 22 million trees and shrubs; 40pc of it was designated to be left unbuilt in the original masterplan.

“People can really see the benefits of growth. Facebook desktop version android That’s what Ebenezer Howard’s garden city movement was based on,” says Pete Marland, leader of Milton Keynes council. High pitch eric howard stern “You have to ask, how can we build communities? When it builds a new grid square, Milton Keynes doesn’t build houses, but it builds a community. Basketball teams in california Amenities actually make a place. Baseball field dimensions And that’s in the tradition of the garden towns.”

Guildford does not lack interest from large businesses – Ericsson, Allianz and Philips Electronics have a presence in the town, among others. Ny yankees spring training 2016 Given its proximity to London, house prices are some of the most expensive in the UK outside the capital.

But its growth is being hampered, some residents say, by a road system unable to handle the number of cars it now serves, and a lack of good public transport, as well as a desperate need for thousands more homes.

The council has published its own plans to refurbish the existing bus station, which it says will open up the town centre, helping local businesses, as well as building hundreds of new homes and new railway stations.

But a group calling themselves the Guildford Vision Group have challenged the council to pursue a much larger £2bn plan to regenerate the entire area, which it presented to local residents last week.

It proposes building a new £90m east/west crossing for the railway and river to help bring people into the town’s shopping area, as well as 3,000 new homes on brownfield land in the town centre. Diy outdoor furniture plans The new crossing would reduce traffic running through the centre of town, meaning much of the land by the river could be turned into space for the public to enjoy, the plan suggests.

The group is led by John Rigg, himself a former director at Savills who worked to secure funding for some of the largest developments of recent years, including London’s first Westfield shopping centre. Wyevale jobs Rigg says the reaction from the wider public has been overwhelmingly positive: “We are as far away as you can imagine from the NIMBY model of a resident group,” he says. Baseball practice plans “We are pro-growth, pro-development.”

He explains that the group wanted to present an alternative to the limited changes the council wants to make. Pitched roof design “Urban development is not easy for the council,” he concedes. Hardscapes tulsa “There’s a shortage of money, and of experts to do the job.”

He wants the council to set up a development corporation to take over responsibility from the council, securing funding from private partners and brokering deals with related parties such as National Rail and the National Trust.

The Government has tried to encourage more community engagement in the planning process by introducing neighbourhood planning laws. Stardock fences key This enables communities to share ideas for development in their area by producing neighbourhood plans.

But while this works in smaller towns and villages, Rigg says, larger conurbations such as Guildford require a more formal strategy. Baseball games online “Neighbourhood forums do try and deal with these things,” he said, “but projects like this require involvement at a regional level.” He thinks getting the Guildford Vision Group to draw up its ideas has given residents the chance to see an alternative future for the town – one which the council should adopt.

The old, but effective plans behind Milton Keynes and the ambitious ideas of a group of locals suggest that buzzwords should be far from the thoughts of those planning future communities. Fantasy football team names reddit Create the amenities, build strong local economies and listen to people to build places people want to live in.

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