Garden communities set to thrive across England

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  • £15m funding to support the delivery of thousands of new homes in beautiful leafy garden communities across England

  • Part of a £69m scheme to deliver up to 16,000 homes a year from 2025, creating nearly 200,000 jobs and boosting the economy

  • Builds on government plans to level the land, regenerate underutilized land and deliver beautiful new developments

Thousands of new homes and jobs will be created in beautiful green neighborhoods across England, backed by £15m government funding for garden communities, announced today (Saturday 21 May 2022) Housing Minister Stuart Andrew MP.

From Cornwall to Carlisle, the Garden Communities scheme will provide up to 16,000 homes a year from 2025, spurring growth across England, breathing life into 43 towns and villages and placing green and eco-friendly spaces wildlife at the heart of the new development.

New funding will regenerate:

  • Long Marston in Warwickshire, once a disused airfield that is now a green and vibrant area, will see the construction of 3,500 new homes, with a requirement of 35% affordable housing.

  • Halsnead Garden Village in Knowsley will deliver 1,619 new homes on Merseyside as well as 22.5 hectares of land for new businesses. A nature park will accompany restored wetlands and wildflower meadows to enhance biodiversity.

  • West Carclaze Garden Village will support the delivery of up to 1,500 new homes, in an innovative and sustainable new community that promotes the health and well-being of its residents.

Today’s decision builds on the historic reforms of the Leveling and Regeneration Bill introduced in Parliament last week, which sets out how the government will spread opportunity and prosperity to all corners of the country. . The bill empowers local leaders to revitalize their downtowns, taking control of empty stores and sparking an outdoor dining revolution.

Housing Minister Rt Hon MP Stuart Andrew said:

Building beautiful new homes where they are needed most is at the heart of the government’s leveling mission.

Villages and garden cities are prime examples of the green, vibrant communities we want to see across the country, and today’s funding will allow us to work hand-in-hand with local leaders and industry to provide the new high quality homes that we need. .

Today’s investment brings total funding for the Garden Communities scheme to over £69m, helping to level the land and regenerate communities, with most new homes located in the North, Midlands and the southwest.

It will also support almost 200,000 jobs in schools, shops and offices developed within each garden community, as part of the government’s drive to help people get good jobs where they live, develop the economy and fight against the cost of living.

The program provides support to advance long-term housing projects from their earliest stages. It enables local authorities to recruit specialist staff, undertake the planning required and receive advice and support from the housing provider, Homes England.

The announcement builds on the Upgrade and Regeneration Bill’s plans to put beauty and nature at the heart of new development design, with the introduction of mandatory design codes, which will ensure that the developers respect locally developed and favored styles – from the layout or materials used, to the way it provides green space.

This funding comes on top of the £1.5billion fund for building leveling homes, helping SME builders and delivering more than 42,000 new homes in England.

More information

The Garden Communities program is supporting the construction of homes in 43 towns and villages from Cornwall to Carlisle and will provide over 300,000 homes, of which up to 90,000 will be affordable.

List of areas receiving funding

Garden cities

  • Hemel, Hertfordshire

  • Otterpool, Folkestone and Hythe Park

  • Manydown, Basingstoke

  • Harlow and Gilston, Essex and Hertfordshire

  • Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

  • Taunton, Somerset

  • St. Cuthbert, Carlisle

  • Greater Exeter, Devon

  • Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

  • North Northants, Northamptonshire

Garden villages

  • Longcross, Runnymede, Surrey

  • Newton Abbot, Teignbridge

  • Langarth, Cornwall

  • Burtree, Darlington

  • Chelmsford, Essex

  • Dunton Hills, Brentwood

  • Golden Valley, Cheltenham

  • South Ashford, Ashford

  • Tenderring – Colchester Borders

  • Skerningham, Darlington

  • Long Marston, Stratford-on-Avon

  • Looking east from Biggleswade, central Bedfordshire

  • North Dorchester, Dorset

  • South Seaham, Durham

  • Whetstone Pastures, Blaby

  • Uttlesford Park, Uttlesford

  • West Carclaze, Cornwall

  • Thatch, mid Devon

  • Halsnead, Knowsley

  • West of Elvington, York

  • Dunsfold Park, Waverley

  • Welbourne, Fareham

  • Meecebrook, Stafford

  • Dalton Barracks, South Oxfordshire

  • Salt Cross, West Oxfordshire

  • Infinity, South Derbyshire

  • Berinsfield, South Oxfordshire

  • Borough Green Gardens, Tonbridge and Malling

  • Bailrigg, Lancaster

  • Spitalgate Heath, South Kevesten

  • Tresham, East Northamptonshire

  • Pan Essex

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