New homes with room for two cars could harm the environment, says government adviser

Why it’s time to park the double garage: New homes with room for two cars could harm the environment, says government adviser

  • British families with two cars may be a thing of the past, government says
  • Government adviser says homes with double garages are bad for the planet
  • Sustainability expert Stefanie O’Gorman said neighborhoods should be planned differently to provide shops and schools so people don’t need to travel

Building houses with double garages for more than one car is old-fashioned and can harm the environment, a government adviser has warned.

Cities of the future shouldn’t be filled with two-car homes, according to sustainability expert Stefanie O’Gorman, who said building homes with double garages had driven her “crazy”.

She said to help ensure families don’t need more than one car per household, neighborhoods should be planned to provide amenities such as shops and schools nearby so they don’t have to. no need to travel too far and can go on foot or by bike. .

Are two families of cars a thing of the past? Government adviser says homes with double garages for more than one car are outdated and can harm the environment

Speaking at the Edinburgh Science Festival, Miss O’Gorman, director of sustainable economics at civil engineering firm Ramboll who advised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on green spaces, said: “Entire communities being a number of people with a number of cars is just not acceptable anymore.

Speaking afterwards, she added: “Designing new homes with double garages fails to take into account the social and cultural shifts that are occurring as we adapt our lives to live more sustainably…we cannot afford to live more sustainably. ‘have two cars for everyone.’

Responding to his comments, AA’s Luke Bosdet said many families “need two cars” and that double garages “avoid paving flowers and grass” and ensure “the streets aren’t filled with cars parked on sidewalks.

He added: ‘There’s a bigger problem – to find affordable housing people have to live further away…and then they need their car for daily commuting.’ Britain has around 11 million garages, but an RAC study last year suggested more than half had no cars – with two-thirds using them for storage.

Miss O’Gorman, who also advises the Scottish Government on climate change, further called for the design of communities where people could stay for life.

The conference also discussed a return to renting color televisions and sharing power tools.

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