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Planners launch Design a Garden City competition

Cheltenham planners McLoughlin Planning Ltd have launched a competition to entice Gloucestershire's young people into a career in the industry.

Have you given any thought to why houses are close to schools? How many schools are needed for the number of houses? Or what else will the occupants of those houses need?

The competition, which is open for entries until September 30, is asking these questions to school children aged 12-16 and inviting them to design their own garden city.

The founder of Welwyn Garden City Sir Ebeneezer Howard called for planned towns combining the benefits of the city and the countryside and to avoid the disadvantages of both.

McLoughlin Planning financial director Jenny McLoughlin said: "After attending many career fairs at local schools, we noticed that often when we asked a student had they thought about a career in planning, very few knew such a profession existed.

"It appears town planning is a profession few hear about from their careers officer and as 2020 marks the 100the anniversary of the foundation of Welwyn Garden City, we thought a fun activity for youngsters is to challenge them to think like a town planner and design a new garden city."

The Garden Cities and Town Planning Association had defined a garden city as "a town designed for healthy living and industry of a size that makes possible a full measure of social life but not larger, surrounded by a rural belt; the whole of the land being in public ownership, or held in trust for the community".

"Think about designing lovely green spaces, having great homes and plenty of schools, hospitals, shops and libraries. Let your imagination run wild and your most desired public amenities be spectacular," said Ms McLoughlin.

"We will be looking for new ideas, fun concepts and engaging presentation."

Entrants can submit their design in whatever form they wish - artwork, map, written, interview/documentary or presentation.

The closing date is September 30 and winners will be picked on October 1 (each receiving £50 in prize money).

Click here to find out more about the competition and if your child would like to take part, email jenny.mcloughlin@mplanning.co.uk with your contact details.

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