DCLG announces funding for new wave of garden towns and villages

The locations have been announced of 17 large-scale 'garden town' and 'garden village' housing projects which have secured financial support from the government.

Housing: government hopes garden village and town developments will deliver 200,000 new homes
Housing: government hopes garden village and town developments will deliver 200,000 new homes

In March last year, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a prospectus that invited applications from local planning authorities to develop garden villages of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes

In a statement yesterday, DCLG announced that 14 new garden village proposals had been selected and would have access to a £6 million fund over the next two financial years to support the delivery of these new projects.

It said that the money would be used "to unlock the full capacity of sites, providing funding for additional resources and expertise to accelerate development and avoid delays".

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 seven garden towns already announced, including Otterpool Park at Shepway in Kentthe statement said that these 17 new garden settlements would have the combined potential to provide almost 200,000 new homes.

According to the DCLG, a garden town is a development of more than 10,000 homes. It defines garden villages as smaller settlements of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes.

The 14 new garden villages are:

  • Long Marston in Stratford-on-Avon

  • Oxfordshire Cotswold in West Oxfordshire

  • Deenethorpe in East Northants

  • Culm in Mid Devon

  • Welborne near Fareham in Hampshire

  • West Carclaze in Cornwall

  • Dunton Hills near Brentwood, Essex

  • Spitalgate Heath in South Kesteven, Lincolnshire

  • Halsnead in Knowsley, Merseyside

  • Longcross in Runnymede and Surrey Heath

  • Bailrigg in Lancaster

  • Infinity Garden Village in South Derbyshire and Derby City area

  • St Cuthberts near Carlisle City, Cumbria

  • North Cheshire in Cheshire East

The 3 new garden towns are:

  • Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Taunton, Somerset
  • Harlow & Gilston, Essex and Hertfordshire

DCLG said that, due to the high level of expressions of interest submitted, the government has made an additional £1 million available this year for further development of other garden village proposals.

It also said that government may run a further call for expressions of interest in 2017 for other places with proposals for new garden villages.

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