Garden communities will thrive across England

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

  • Part of a £69m program to provide up to 16,000 homes a year from 2025, create almost 200,000 jobs and boost the economy

  • Builds on the government’s plans to upgrade the land, regenerate unused land and encourage brave new developments

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

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

New funding is regenerated:

  • In Long Marston in Warwickshire, a former disused airfield that is now a vibrant, leafy area, 3,500 new homes are being built, with 35% being affordable housing.

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

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

Today’s move builds on the groundbreaking reforms in the Increase and Renewal Bill that was tabled in Parliament last week and will set out how the government will bring opportunity and prosperity to every corner of the country. The law empowers local leaders to revitalize their city centers, take control of vacant businesses and spark an al fresco dining revolution.

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP said:

Building beautiful new houses in the places where they are needed most is at the heart of the government’s mission to level up.

Garden villages and cities are perfect examples of the vibrant, green communities we want to see across the country and today’s funding will allow us to work hand-in-hand with local leaders and the industry to deliver the high quality new homes supply what we need .

Today’s investment brings total funding for the Garden Communities scheme to more than £69 million and is helping to upgrade the country and regenerate communities, with most new homes being in the North, Midlands and South West.

It will also support nearly 200,000 jobs in the schools, shops and offices being developed in each garden community, part of the government’s effort to help people find good jobs where they live, boost the economy and lower the cost of living .

The program supports the progress of long-term housing projects from the start. It allows local authorities to hire specialist staff, undertake the necessary planning and receive advice and support from Homes England housing authority.

The announcement builds on plans in the Leveling Up and Regeneration Bill to put beauty and nature at the heart of new development design, with the introduction of mandatory design codes that ensure developers respect styles that are locally created and preferred – by layout or materials used, to the provision of green spaces.

This funding comes in addition to the £1.5bn Leveling Up Home Building Fund, which is helping SME builders and delivering over 42,000 new homes in England.

additional Information

The Garden Communities program supports house building in 43 towns and villages from Cornwall to Carlisle and will deliver over 300,000 homes, of which up to 90,000 will be affordable.

List of funded areas

garden cities

  • Hemel, Herfordshire

  • Otterpool Park, Folkestone and Hythe

  • Manydown, Basingstoke

  • Harlow & Gilston, Essex and Hertfordshire

  • Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

  • Taunton, Somerset

  • St Cuthberts, Carlisle

  • Greater Exeter, Devon

  • Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

  • North Northants, Northamptonshire

garden villages

  • Longcross, Runnymede, Surrey

  • Newton Abbot, Teignbridge

  • Langart, Cornwall

  • Burtree, Darlington

  • Chelmsford, Essex

  • Dunton Hills, Brentwood

  • Golden Valley, Cheltenham

  • South Ashford, Ashford

  • Tendring – Colchester limits

  • Skerningham, Darlington

  • Long Marston, Stratford on Avon

  • East of Biggleswade, Central Bedfordshire

  • North Dorchester, Dorset

  • South Seaham, Durham

  • Grindstone Willows, Blaby

  • Uttlesford Park, Uttlesford

  • West Carclaze, Cornwall

  • Halm, Middle Devonian

  • 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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