Why it’s time for the double garage: A Government advisor warns that new homes with enough space for two cars could cause harm to the environment.
- Government has stated that two-car families in Britain may be the exception to the rule.
- A government advisor stated that double garages in homes are bad for the environment.
- Stefanie OGorman, sustainability expert, stated that neighborhoods should be planned differently in order to provide shops and schools so that people don’t have to travel.
Victoria Allen Science Correspondent for The Daily Mail
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A Government adviser warned that double garages for more then one car in buildinghomes is outdated and could harm the environment.
Stefanie OGorman a sustainability expert said that two-car homes are not the best way to build cities of tomorrow. She claimed that double garage construction drives her insane.
She stated that families shouldn’t have to own more than one vehicle. Instead, they should plan for nearby amenities like shops and schools so they don’t have to travel far. They can also walk or bike to work.
Are two-car families the future? A government adviser stated that homes with double garages for more then one car are old-fashioned and could harm the environment.
Miss OGorman, director for sustainable economics at Ramboll, spoke at the Edinburgh Science Festival. She has advised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding green spaces.
She said that after the meeting, she had added: Having double garages in new homes doesn’t take into account the social and cultural changes occurring as we adapt our lives for more sustainable living… it is impossible to afford two cars for everyone.
Luke Bosdet from the AAs responded to her comments. He said that many families need two cars and that double garages help avoid paving over flowers and grass, and prevent cars from parked on pavements.
He said: It is harder to find affordable housing. People have to move further away… and then they will need their cars to get around. The UK has 11million garages. But, a RAC survey last year showed that more than half didn’t have cars in their garages and that only two-thirds were using them as storage.
Miss OGorman also advises Scotland’s government on climate change. She further called for communities that allow people to stay their whole lives.
The talk also covered the return to renting colour televisions, and the sharing power tools.