New garden city 'needed in drive to build 1.5m new homes by 2020'


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At least new one garden city should be created in England as part of an ambitious programme to build 1.5m new homes by the year 2020, a think-tank says today.

Policy Exchange argues that whoever wins the next election should commit to the construction of 300,000 properties a year as a way of bringing down house prices and rent charges.

It says new garden cities - which have been supported by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg - would act as "beacons" for development.

Policy Exchange also calls for councils which fail to achieve their house-building targets should be required to release land to local people who want to design their own homes.