£9m boost to England’s garden towns project

Up to 200,000 new properties are expected to be delivered in a new garden towns and villages project across England.The Government has provided £9 million for the Garden Communities Project to get 21 sites ready for development.

The money will go to local authorities who are leading the project, which will deliver well-designed homes on large sites.

Work has started on 10,000 properties with another 36,000 expected to be underway or completed by 2022.

Sites from north to south

Kit Malthouse, the Housing Minister, said: “We have not built enough homes in this country for the last three decades, and we are turning that around as we work towards our target to build 300,000 properties a year by the mid-2020s.

“This £9 million funding boost is giving councils the support and cash injection they need so they can finish planning new developments and get diggers on site.”

The sites range from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire to Taunton in Devon and St Cuthbert’s in Carlisle.

They also include a site for 2,000 homes dedicated to custom and self-builders in Bicester in Oxfordshire. Those self-builds will be built on land bought by the local council from the Ministry of Defence.