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:
- Aylesbury Garden Town
- Bicester Garden Town
- Didcot Garden Town
- Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village
- Harlow and Gilston Garden Town
- North Essex Garden Communities
- Dunton Hills Garden Village
- North Northants Garden Communities
- Tresham Garden Village
- Otterpool Park
- Taunton Garden Town
- Manydown, Basingstoke
- Culm Garden Village
- Halsnead Garden Village
- Handforth Garden Village
- Infinity, Derbyshire
- Long Marston Airfield Garden Village
- Longcross Garden Village
- St Cuthbert’s Garden Village
- Welborne Garden Village
- West Carclaze Garden Village
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.