£9m garden town funding to deliver 200,000 homes

Work is already underway on 10,000 properties across the country in garden towns and villages.

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Homes England has announced a £9m cash injection to “speed up” the building of new garden towns and villages across the country.

The Garden Communities project is expected to deliver 200,000 properties on large sites by 2050, with latest funding said to help get 21 sites ready for development.

The government project is helping councils get homes built on large sites, and the money will help pay for ‘master-planning’ and technical studies.

Work is already underway on 10,000 properties across the country in garden towns and villages, with 36,000 expected to be underway or completed by 2022.

The developments being funded include a 2,000 home site for custom and self-builders in Bicester, on land purchased by the council from the Ministry of Defence.

It also includes developments in Basingstoke, Didcot, Taunton, Harlow-Gilston and across Northamptonshire, where work is already underway on the first phase of developments.

On the funding, Housing Minister Kit Malthouse 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 £9m funding boost is giving councils the support and cash injection they need so they can finish planning new developments and get diggers on site.”

Will Jeffwitz, Policy Leader at the National Housing Federation, said: “It’s always welcome to see the government putting more money into solving the housing crisis.

“New garden towns and villages will play an important role in this, and housing associations will be at the heart of many of these. Spending money in a targeted way to speed up their development is worthwhile. But it will take much more than £9m to make a dent in the 340,000 homes the country needs every year.

“To meet the desperate need for new homes, including the 90,000 social homes we need to build every year, we will need significant new government investment. Ministers must make a real commitment to invest in new homes and communities in the spending review due this year.”

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