What should the role of Government be in the delivery of Garden Settlements?

Through the designation of 49 Garden Communities and the creation of the £5.5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) we have seen the introduction of a new approach in the way Government seeks to increase the supply of housing, not seen since the days of the New Towns. Having been fortunate enough to have witnessed the launch of both programmes at close hand, it gives me an insight into the challenges facing the delivery of these settlements. It also makes me ponder the question – how far should Government go in backing Garden Settlements in terms of further financial support and new powers for Local Authorities?

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