North Herts Council “must be ambitious about the timescale for delivery of a new garden city settlement” the Minister for Housing and Planning has told Peter Lilley and fellow local MPs, Sir Oliver Heald and Stephen McPartland.
The MPs had written to him urging him to support inclusion of a garden city
in the current plan.
Peter Lilley said: “I am glad the Housing Minister has called for the Council to be ‘ambitious’ about including a garden city in our district plan. At the same time I recognise that the Council is concerned about how
long it will take to implement such proposals. But there is a danger that
concerns about potential delays become self-fulfilling. If the council
presses ahead and finds obstacles in its way, I will do all in my power to
persuade Ministers to act to remove those obstacles. And I know my fellow
MPs will do likewise. The Minister’s reply suggests he will be helpful in
“I recognise that a garden city will not be a magic bullet removing all
pressure to build elsewhere. The housing crisis is so grave that we will
still need a lot of infill and peripheral house building – but somewhat less
than if we forego the garden city option.”