Garden Villages and Towns
Planning for Children and Young People
In 2017 the UK government announced plans to reignite large-scale house-building via new settlements though a programme of Garden Villages and Towns. Historically, however, a major population group with distinct needs - children and young people - has tended to be marginalised within the planning and delivery of planned settlements.
Based on a programme of research on children and young people in urban environments at the University of Birmingham, this briefing paper summarises major opportunities for the inclusion of children and young people in the planning and design of Garden Villages and Towns. This work has been made possible by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project, led by the University of Birmingham – Garden Villages of Tomorrow: translating research findings into practice – which sought to translate the findings of our research into policy and influence the design of these new spaces.
This briefing paper – and the collaborative work that the University is doing with a range of Local Authorities committed to delivering Garden Villages and Towns – hopes to positively influence planned settlements so that they are better places for children and young people to live and grow up in. It provides a short background to the Government’s policy initiative, a summary of progress on the new developments, alongside illustrations of where local planning authorities have begun to consider the needs of children and young people in the planning and design of these new urban spaces. It incorporates learning gained from our wider research base and, in particular, ongoing work to support North Northants Joint Planning Unit on their Tresham Garden Village development.
The full reference for the report is:
Kraftl, P., Hadfield-Hill, S. and Laxton, A. (2018) Garden Villages and Towns: Planning for Children and Young People. Birmingham: University of Birmingham Briefing Report.
Structure of the report:
- The research base
- Garden Villages and Towns – background
- Key challenges and examples of emerging best practice
- Garden Village project summaries
ACTIVITY PACK - RESOURCE FREE TO DOWNLOAD
Activity: Creating communities that work for everyone
Time: 60 - 75 minutes (approx.) interactive workshop activity
Size of group: Max 30 young people (split into groups of 5)
Age: This has been designed for Year 12 students, but could be adapted for any age group
Aim: An activity designed for young people in thinking about the design and development of new communities. The activity serves as a prompt for being sensitive to the needs of diverse stakeholders.
Preparation: Identify three potential sites for housing developments, provide these on a map to each group and give site photographs (i.e. views from roads / existing houses)
Materials: Flip chart paper and pens
The reference for this resource is:
Hadfield-Hill, S. and Kraftl,P. (2018) Activity resources: Creating communities that work for everyone, University of Birmingham.
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Key resources from our research:
Christensen, P., Hadfield-Hill, S., Horton, J. and Kraftl, P. (2017) New Urbanism, New Citizens: Children living in Sustainable Urban Environments, Routledge
Hadfield-Hill, S. (2012) Living in a sustainable community: New spaces, new behaviours? Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability (Special Issue: Children, Young People and Sustainability), 18, 3, 354-371.
Horton, J., Hadfield-Hill, S. and Kraftl, P. (2015) Children living with ‘sustainable’ urban architectures, Environment and Planning A, 47, 4, 903-921.
Horton, J., Christensen, P., Kraftl, P. and Hadfield-Hill, S. (2014) ‘Walking … just walking’: everyday pedestrian practices of children and young people, Social and Cultural Geography, 15, 1, 94-115.
Horton, J., Hadfield-Hill, S., Christensen, P. and Kraftl, P. (2013) Children, young people and sustainability: introduction to special issue, Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 18, 3, 249-254.
Kraftl, P., Horton, J., Christensen, P., and Hadfield-Hill, S. (2013) Living on a Building Site: Young People’s Experiences of ‘Sustainable Communities’ in the UK, Geoforum, 50, 191-199
We are happy to provide more detailed information, or support in implementing any of the recommendations made in this report for either Garden Village developments or any masterplanned new urban development.
Professor Peter Kraftl
University of Birmingham
Dr. Sophie Hadfield-Hill
University of Birmingham
This report was based in part on in-depth collaborative research involving several institutions. The details of the projects are as follows:
ESRC ‘New Urbanisms, New Citizens: Children and Young People’s Everyday Life and Participation in Sustainable Communities’ (RES-062-23-1549)PI: Professor Pia Christensen; Co-I: Professor Peter Kraftl; Co-I: Dr. John Horton; Dr. Sophie Hadfield-Hill
ESRC ‘New Urbanism in India: Urban Living, Sustainability and Everyday Life’(ES/K00932X/2)PI: Dr. Sophie Hadfield-Hill; Dr. Cristiana Zara
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