Garden villages were first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1898 by Sir Ebenezer Howard. Since then this initiative has not only provided a good residential community but has also increased the aesthetic value of the country.
The recent improvement is that 14 new garden villages have been proposed that can house nearly 48000 families. Garden villages are nothing but wide landscapes hosting several houses covered by a green belt of trees and plants. The area would also contain a proportional number of industries and agriculture.
In this phase, 14 new locations for this purpose have been approved. Some of the proposed sites include former airfield in Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, and a garden town on green belt land on the Essex-Hertfordshire border. Along with the seven garden towns and cities that have already been announced in Aylesbury, Taunton, Bicester, Didcot, Basingstoke, Ebbsfleet, and north Northamptonshire, work will begin in these newly proposed 14 towns shortly.
The Housing Minister, Mr. Gavin Barwell, in his interview to the BBC radio, highlighted the vision of this project. He said that the prime concern was to make crucial community infrastructure like jobs, schools, etc. available to its residents. He added saying the project aims to build a town far beyond a mere dormitory suburb.
With UK facing housing crisis and the entire world facing the deadly threat of deforestation, this a key idea in solving the above mentioned issues. Indeed, the towns will also add beautiful tourist locations to age-old British kingdom.