Government receives 51 expressions of interest in garden village plan

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said it received 51 expressions of interest from councils considering taking forward 'garden village' proposals, as it announced an additional £1 million of funding to help authorities develop such plans.

Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell
Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell

In March, the department published a prospectus that invited applications from local planning authorities to develop garden villages of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes, saying it expected to support up to 12 such projects.

Yesterday, the DCLG announced that councils developing garden villages would be able to apply for a share of an addition £1 million in government funding. This would be on top a £6 million funding pot already available, it said.

The department said that there have been 51 expressions of interest received from councils for the initial funding.

Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell said: "We want to ensure everyone has an affordable place to live and that means we’ve got to build more homes in the places where people want to live.

"This additional money for garden villages could help us do just that and I’d urge councils to apply for the support to help accelerate their plans."

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