Today's budget contained a lot of new proposals, and a few familiar faces returning to the policy agenda.

The proposal for the development of 'garden villages' is intended to encourage councils to build small settlements on the outskirts of existing towns. 

If this seems familiar, it is. The initiative appears to be a scaled down version of the Garden Cities programme launched in the last parliament, which has struggled to get off the ground. 

Urban extensions (building on the edge of existing settlements) are already well established as a way to increase housing numbers. As such it will be interesting to  see whether the announced consultation will add anything new, or whether it is simply a reiteration of the government's commitment to boosting housing delivery in the UK.