Developer Pledges To Meet Needs Of All In ‘Garden Town’

A new garden town to be built on the edge of Colchester will include homes designed to “meet the varied needs of people for generations to come”, according to the newly-appointed developer.

The pledge was made by Richard Cook, the group director of development at Clarion Housing Group. Clarion’s development arm Latimer has been chosen to be the development partner for the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community.

Located on the eastern edge of Colchester on a site overlapping the borough boundary with Tendring, the new community will include 9,000 homes and be designed and built according to the ‘garden city’ principles of having lots of open green space, sustainable living, a large proportion of employment-based locally and reduced reliance on cars.

Although the plans have a strong focus on the needs of younger people, the comments by Mr Cook indicate a determination to ensure nobody is excluded. To be fulfilled, this would mean less-mobile residents being catered for with homes containing facilities such as specially-designed showers for elderly and disabled people.

Among the hints that people of all ages and needs will indeed be catered for is the ‘Living Environment’ section on the website’s list of garden community principles.

It pledged to provide “a diverse mix of homes responding to existing and future local needs will be provided alongside a range of community services, including health, education, leisure and recreation, culture and shopping.”

In addition, the ‘Smart and Sustainable Living’ section stated: “Innovation and technology will be embraced to achieve a higher quality of life and healthier lifestyles; creating the conditions for sustainable living.”

The garden city idea was pioneered in the 19th century by planner Ebenezer Howard, who wanted to create alternatives to the kind of crowded, polluted and unhealthy conditions people endured in cities like London and curb the relentless demographic shift from the countryside to the cities.

Early examples of garden cities included Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City, both in Hertfordshire.


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