By working with the rail industry, local authorities, housebuilders and developers have the opportunity to springboard a new era of Net Zero emissions and enable climate emergency commitments to be met

Welcome to ConnectedCities, a non-partisan initiative which proposes a global sustainable development strategy, which can accommodate sustainably all predicted population growth far into the future.

Population growth, the crisis in housing and the pressing need to address climate change and car dependency offer an opportunity to consider a comprehensive new approach to strategic planning, which integrates brownfield and greenfield development.

ConnectedCities draws its inspiration from Ebenezer Howard's Social Cities. The vision is for compact, high quality, walkable developments focused around existing and new railway stations. Groups of settlements - some existing, some new - are linked using existing rail corridors and clustered around a 'hub town'. Together they form a ConnectedCity.

Case studies
The ConnectedCities approach to development applies in a broad range of circumstances: a town growth zone within an existing town, a new green quarter on the edge of an existing town or a new green town.

ConnectedCities accepts a wide range of delivery mechanisms depending on local circumstances, including an innovative approach for new settlements, focused as Howard suggested on public ownership of land value and removal of land cost from house prices. The choice of how and where to build is made by the local population.

Copies of the ConnectedCities book describing the the concept in detail are available as a free download here.

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LORD ADONIS VIDEO - Build Around Rail Stations
Integrating New Garden Towns with Existing Communities
Conference Presentations available here

Parliamentary Debate - House of Commons, Committee Room 12. For report click here.

Book Launch - RIBA Headquarters. Details of the presentations are available here.

ConnectedCities, A Global Sustainable Development Strategy

The global population is predicted to grow by 2.4 billion by 2050. ConnectedCities provides a framework for sustainable growth to allow all people to live prosperous lives without damaging the planet

ConnectedCities, UK Case studies

The UK population forecast for 2050 is 78 million. Additionally 5 million people are effected by the housing shortage, so houses for 20 million additional people are needed by 2050. ConnectedCities is a means to accommodate this growth with the minimum impact on the existing population and settlements, and with the least traffic generation and energy usage.