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New garden towns given funding boost

Mon 27th January 2020, 11:31 am

An 8m government funding injection has been announced to support plans for thousands of new homes across the country.

Housing Minister Esther McVey MP this month (Jan) said a total of £6m will be allocated to help new garden towns and villages with plans for up to 200,000 new homes.

An additional £1.9m will be given to councils across England who are developing new neighbourhood plans, to help residents get involved and have their say on where new homes will be built and what type of properties they will be.

McVey said: “Communities have the local insight to decide what new homes should look like and the kind of infrastructure they need in their area. This is what neighbourhood planning is all about, so I’m pleased this funding will ensure that the right homes are built in the right places.

“I am also announcing extra cash to deliver new vibrant garden communities, which will help deliver tens of thousands of well-designed new homes for hardworking families.”

The funding will assist local authorities as they consult with residents on plans for new homes, and support areas that have not been able to develop their own neighbourhood plans. Twenty-one garden towns and villages already in the pipeline across England will benefit from funding to prepare environmental assessments on proposed new properties, and use the latest design techniques to develop areas.

The latest new garden community to receive backing from the government will be built at Wynyard, which has already received £150,000 making it the largest new settlement in the North East that will deliver up to 6,800 new homes.

This news comes as the development of Ebbsfleet Garden City, billed as the first garden city in the UK in 100 years, progresses working towards the aim to bring 15,000 homes and 30,000 new jobs to the region by 2035. 

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