Government announces £8 million in garden town and neighbourhood planning cash

The government has announced funding of £6 million to assist with design work and the preparation of environmental assessments for 21 garden towns and villages, alongside £1.9 million to help communities prepare neighbourhood plans.

Welborne: One of 21 garden settlements allocated a share of £6 million. Image: Welborne Garden Village
Welborne: One of 21 garden settlements allocated a share of £6 million. Image: Welborne Garden Village

In a statement today, housing minister Esther McVey said the £6 million of funding is expected to enable the delivery of up to 200,000 homes in locations including Aylesbury, Didcot, Taunton and Welborne.

The statement said the money "will mean homes get built that otherwise would not ... because it will be used for preparing environmental assessments and using the latest design techniques to develop areas people will be proud to be a part of".

The 21 places to receive a share of today’s £6 million funding announcement are:

Meanwhile, £1.9 million will be given to councils across England to help communities prepare neighbourhood plans, McVey said.

According to the statement, councils will be able to use the neighbourhood planning funding to pay for "advice and expertise" for community groups, independent examinations, and local referendums.

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."

In June last year the government announced close to £3 million of funding for 19 garden villages in England, with the potential to deliver 73,000 homes.

The month before, three councils in Devon were awarded £750,000 to develop plans for a 20,000-home garden community near Exeter.

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