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Government Announces New Garden Towns and Villages
Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Government Announces New Garden Towns and Villages

The government has announced the locations of new garden towns and villages that will potentially deliver an extra 48,000 homes in England.

Three new garden towns - in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston - are added to the seven previously announced.

A garden town is classified as a development of over 10,000 homes, whereas garden villages will comprise smaller projects between 1,500 and 10,000 homes.

The government claims that the combined garden settlements - the 17 newly announced towns and villages, together with the seven we already knew about - have the potential to deliver up to 200,000 new homes.

The new garden villages will have access to a £6 million fund over the next two years - to "unlock the full capacity of sites". It's not exactly clear what this means, but is sounds like good news for planning consultants!

The new garden towns get access to an extra £1.4 million of funding to "support their delivery".

The new garden villages are:

Long Marston, Stratford-on-Avon
Oxfordshire Cotswold, West Oxfordshire
Deenethorpe, East Northants
Culm, Mid Devon
Welborne near Fareham, Hampshire
West Carclaze, Cornwall
Dunton Hills near Brentwood, Essex
Spitalgate Heath in South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
Halsnead in Knowsley, Merseyside
Longcross in Runnymede and Surrey Heath
Bailrigg, Lancaster
Infinity Garden Village in South Derbyshire and Derby City area
St Cuthberts near Carlisle City, Cumbria
North Cheshire in Cheshire East

The new garden towns are in Aylesbury Vale, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston

The seven previously announced garden towns are in Aylesbury, Taunton, Bicester, Didcot, Basingstoke, Ebbsfleet, and north Northamptonshire. 

In addition to the funding announced, the government also says it will provide "expertise, brokerage and offer of new planning freedoms".

While that might sound like a fast track through the planning system - and 200,000 new homes is a substantial number - the statement also concludes that it expects "more than 25,000" housing starts in garden villages, towns and cities - by 2020!



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