PM is accused of suppressing garden city plan

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A SUPPRESSED Government report recommends building a new garden city in Oxfordshire, it has been claimed.

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron said his coalition partners feared the proposals could alienate voters ahead of next year’s General Election.

The report was initially commissioned after a speech by Prime Minister David Cameron two years ago in which he supported the idea of garden cities to tackle the housing shortage.

Mr Farron believed the report identified two potential sites, one in Oxfordshire and the other in Buckinghamshire.

And he has now accused Mr Cameron of deliberately suppressing its publication.

The sites would provide thousands of homes and include schools, transport and infastructure to support whole new communities.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “This report needs to come out now and come out quickly. The Tories are displaying a Nimby attitude towards garden cities.”

Last week Liberal Democrat deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg said he hoped plans would be published as soon as possible.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said: “This Government is committed to working with local communities to build more homes and promote sustainable development.

“This includes providing finance for those large-scale housing projects that are locally supported and have the full backing of the community.”

In July, Newbury-based planning consultant Ken Dijksman revealed he had created a plan for a 30,000-home new city on land between Abingdon, Steventon, and the Hanneys near Wantage.

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8:30am Mon 13 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Great idea.

Get on with it, choose a site and following 20 years of vexatious activism from the usual unelected, unaccountable bodies funded by charitable donations...

The first residents will be able to move into their new homes in 2035-40.
Great idea. Get on with it, choose a site and following 20 years of vexatious activism from the usual unelected, unaccountable bodies funded by charitable donations... The first residents will be able to move into their new homes in 2035-40. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -62

9:07am Mon 13 Jan 14

Gunslinger says...

I see the Steventon / East Hanney site is in the frame yet again.

I suspect that this site remains protected for long term future reservoir use, so we won't be seeing new cities, airports or anything else there.

More likely Upper Heyford area.
I see the Steventon / East Hanney site is in the frame yet again. I suspect that this site remains protected for long term future reservoir use, so we won't be seeing new cities, airports or anything else there. More likely Upper Heyford area. Gunslinger
  • Score: -95

9:34am Mon 13 Jan 14

Gunslinger says...

Or possibly a tie-in with the route of HS2 - why alienate more sets of voters than you need to?
Or possibly a tie-in with the route of HS2 - why alienate more sets of voters than you need to? Gunslinger
  • Score: -93

11:43am Mon 13 Jan 14

to ny w says...

Look out Bicester, here it comes!!!

Just you wait and see, the ECO CON that is N W Bicester will all of a sudden become a Garden City with much less stringent sustainability.

Slip it in tha back door and nobody will even notice.
Look out Bicester, here it comes!!! Just you wait and see, the ECO CON that is N W Bicester will all of a sudden become a Garden City with much less stringent sustainability. Slip it in tha back door and nobody will even notice. to ny w
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