Details of the first ever garden villages to be built across England which will have the capacity to provide 48,000 new homes have been published.
The 14 new garden villages are an expansion of the Government’s existing garden towns programmes and will be smaller projects of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes. Three new garden town sites have also been announced.
The garden villages will have access to a £6 million fund over the next two financial years and the money will be used to unlock the full capacity of sites, providing funding for additional resources and expertise to accelerate development and avoid delays.
The villages will be built in Stratford-on-Avon, the Cotswolds in West Oxfordshire, East Northamptonshire, mid Devon, Hampshire, Cornwall, Essex, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Surrey Heath, Lancaster, South Derbyshire, near Carlisle in Cumbria, East Cheshire and North Cheshire.
The three new garden towns will be in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow and Gilston with a further £1.4 million of funding to support their delivery. Seven other new garden towns have already been announced.
‘Locally led garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need. New communities not only deliver homes, they also bring new jobs and facilities and a big boost to local economies. These places combined could provide almost 200,000 homes,’ said Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell.
He explained that the new developments will be distinct new places with their own community facilities, rather than extensions to existing urban areas. In addition to funding, the government will provide support in terms of expertise, brokerage and offer of new planning freedoms.
Barwell also revealed that due to the high level of expressions of interest submitted in July 2016, the Government has made an additional £1 million available this year for further development of other garden village proposals.
The government may run a further call for expressions of interest in 2017 for other places with proposals for new garden villages.
A garden town is a development of more than 10,000 homes. Garden villages are smaller settlements of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes.
By 2020, more than 25,000 housing starts are expected in garden villages, towns and cities supported by the Government. Homes are already being built in several locations, including Bicester, Basingstoke, Didcot, Ebbsfleet, Aylesbury, Taunton and North Northamptonshire.
The new garden projects will also have access to infrastructure funding programmes across government, such as the new £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund announced in the last Autumn Statement.
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