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Date
2009
Region
UK
Sector
Masterplanning
Themes
Community Climate
Client
Mark Whitby
Location
Letchworth Garden City

We worked with Letchworth Transition Town to create an image of how to transform the world’s first Garden City into the world’s first carbon neutral city.

Letchworth Transition Town

The image has in its middle a map of Letchworth with its estate of land right round it.

Letchworth Garden City Transition Town Masterplan

Dark bottle green indicates existing allotments, yellow shows open space within the town, and buildings shown in pink are in the business, industrial and manufacturing area of town.

Small fields - shown in dark green - on the edge of town might be used for growing food in anything from allotments to small ‘truck’ farms and greenhouses.

Expanding and properly managing Wymondley Wood to the south would provide thinnings for use in new biomass boilers to heat buildings, as well as providing more recreation space for picnics, games and other events. Trees would be grown in separate blocks, each with a specific purpose. For example, Larch for construction and ash and beech for furniture making.

A new Park and Ride facility - shown in criss-crossed blue – on the highest ground in Letchworth would incorporate a row of eight wind turbines – shown as red stars - to supply most of the town’s electricity needs. Plentiful low-cost electricity could eventually lead to a way of life in which visitors left their cars in the Park and Ride and travelled into the city by electric vehicles.

This could be part the key to reviving the manufacturing life of Letchworth. The industry of Letchworth could be predictive of a more general future, as would its local small scale agricultural and wood industry.