Inside Housing – News – Over 40 ‘garden communities’ receive £15m in government money

The Government has pledged an additional £15m in funding for over 40 projects to support its long-standing goal of developing a host of new garden cities and villages in England.

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Funding from the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) goes to 43 projects, funding things like recruiting specialist staff and rapid planning and development of places like Warwickshire, Merseyside and Cornwall.

The money can be spent by municipalities or developers to provide the homes and infrastructure needed for neighboring communities and future residents.

The new financing is part of the now 69 million

Plans for initially 14 new garden villages were announced by the government in early 2017 and a prospectus was published the following year. It is part of a bid previously outlined by David Cameron, who was Prime Minister from 2010 to 2016, to revitalize the idea of ​​20th-century garden cities.

So far, more than 30 garden villages and towns have been funded.

Garden communities are defined as a “purpose-built new development or large expansion of an existing town” that has a mix of affordable and private homes.

The government highlighted three projects that will benefit from the latest round of funding. One of these is Long Marston Airfield in Warwickshire, which was selected in 2017 and is already under construction. It includes plans for 3,500 new homes and a 35% affordable housing requirement.

Plans are in place at Halsnead Garden Village in Knowsley, Merseyside in place for 1,619 new homes, 22.5 hectares of land for new shops and a landscaped park.

The third project is West Carclaze Garden Village in St Austell, Cornwall, which will consist of up to 1,500 new homes on a 500-acre site aiming to promote “the health and well-being of its residents”. A development for an “eco-town” on the site was first approved in 2009.

Housing Secretary Stuart Andrew said: “Garden villages and towns 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 industry to bring it about.” to get the high-quality new homes we need.”

DLUHC said the funding builds on proposals in its Leveling Up and Regeneration Bill released earlier this month. The funding comes on top of the £1.5bn Leveling Up Home Building Fund, DLUHC said.

Updated at 12:33 p.m. 5/24/22 The original version of this story said only three projects will benefit from the new round of funding. It has been updated to reflect that 43 projects will benefit.

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