The first ever garden villages, which have the potential to deliver more than 48,000 homes across England, have been given government backing.
The governement has given its support to 14 new garden villages and expanded the garden towns programme.
The 14 new garden villages (listed below) will have access to a £6 million fund over the next two financial years to support the delivery of these new projects. The money can be used to unlock the full capacity of sites and will provide funding for additional resources and expertise to accelerate development.
Three new garden towns in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston will receive a further £1.4 million of funding to support their delivery.
Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said: “Locally-led garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need. New communities not only deliver homes, they also bring new jobs and facilities and a big boost to local economies. These places combined could provide almost 200,000 homes.”
The 14 new garden villages are:
• Long Marston in Stratford-on-Avon
• Oxfordshire Cotswold in West Oxfordshire
• Deenethorpe in East Northants
• Culm in Mid Devon
• Welborne near Fareham in Hampshire
• West Carclaze in Cornwall
• Dunton Hills near Brentwood, Essex
• Spitalgate Heath in South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
• Halsnead in Knowsley, Merseyside
• Longcross in Runnymede and Surrey Heath
• Bailrigg in Lancaster
• Infinity Garden Village in South Derbyshire and Derby City area
• St Cuthberts near Carlisle City, Cumbria
• North Cheshire in Cheshire East
The 3 new garden towns are:
• Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
• Taunton, Somerset
• Harlow & Gilston, Essex and Hertfordshire