NIMBYs will fight new garden village plans'

3 January 2017

The government has backed a scheme that will see 14 new garden villages being built across England, but not everyone will welcome these new homes in their back yard.

The new garden villages will accommodate between 1,500 and 10,000 homes and can be found as far afield as Culm in Mid Devon and Bailrigg in Lancaster.

Plans to provide three new garden towns of more than 10,000 homes each in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston have got the green light too.

Along with the seven garden towns already proposed, these 17 new garden villages could provide almost 200,000 new homes.


‘May of these schemes will fail at the local planning stage’

Mark Hayward, managing director, National Association of Estate Agents, says: “News that the government will deliver 14 new ‘garden’ towns and villages outside existing settlements will relieve some of the pressure on supply and demand, which should in turn act as a catalyst to help first-time buyers fulfil their dreams of homeownership.

“However, we must not throw caution to the wind. The government has made promise after promise and pledge after pledge to help first-time buyers get on to the housing ladder, but until we see these houses built we won’t hold our breath.”

Russell Quirk, chief executive of online estate agent eMoov, adds: “I've been a pretty ballsy critic of this and previous governments in that they have successively failed to deliver adequate new housing to meet demand and consequently we are faced with a deficit of new homes to the tune of around 100,000 each year. So this latest announcement is very welcome indeed and is something that I support wholeheartedly.

“The problem for government is that despite its best intentions in laying the foundations for more homes with this announcement, many of these schemes will fail at the local planning stage, as not everyone will be so accommodating of these plans – primarily those who live nearby to them, otherwise known as NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard).


“What we will no doubt now see are objections from each local populace on the grounds of overdevelopment, unsustainable traffic, not enough doctors or dentist surgeries, noise and air pollution and the blighting of our green and pleasant land.

“But frankly, these 'Middle-England anarchists' need to suck it up and move aside as those that live in glass houses, so to speak, should not be so narrow-minded nor so hypocritical as to prevent others enjoying the same comforts as they do.

“The consequence of such a head in the sand, 'no not here' attitude is that our kids and their kids will struggle to own a home. In the meantime, house prices will continue skywards as we continue to deny our offspring the right to buy.”

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