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The first ever garden villages, which have the potential to deliver more than 48,000 homes across England, have been given government backing.
In an expansion of the existing garden towns programme, these smaller projects of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes are part of the government’s aim to support locally-led development.
The 14 new garden villages will have access to a £6 million fund over the next two financial years to support the delivery of these new projects. This money will be used to unlock the full capacity of sites, providing funding for additional resources and expertise to accelerate development and avoid delays. In addition to funding, the government will provide support in terms of expertise, brokerage and an offer of new planning freedoms.
The government also announced its support for 3 new garden towns in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston – and a further £1.4 million of funding to support their delivery.
Together with the 7 garden towns already announced, these 17 new garden settlements have the combined potential to provide almost 200,000 new homes across the country.
Announcing the new garden villages, Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said:
“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.”
New garden villages and towns
These developments will be distinct new places with their own community facilities, rather than extensions to existing urban areas. The 14 new garden villages are:
The 3 new garden towns are:
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