Malthouse reveals £3.7m garden towns fund

The fund is set to unlock up to 64,000 homes across England.

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Five new garden towns have been announced today (25th March) by the Minister of State for Housing, Kit Malthouse.

The new communities, from Hertfordshire to Gloucestershire, will receive a share of £3.7m of funding to fast-track specialist survey work and planning works necessary for each new town’s development.

The announced funding is set to bring up to 64,000 “much-needed” homes across England.

The funds are said to be spent by councils to help to deliver the homes and infrastructure needed for both neighbouring communities and future residents, including specialist survey work and planning applications.

The five successful bids are:

• Grazeley Garden Settlement, delivering up to 15,000 homes
• Hemel Garden Communities, delivering up to 11,000 homes
• Easton Park Garden Community, North Uttlesford Garden Community and West of Braintree Garden Community, an opportunity said to deliver up to 18,500 homes
• Tewkesbury Ashchurch Garden Community, delivering up to 10,195 homes
• Meecebrook, in the north of Stafford borough, delivering around 10,000 homes

It is reported that councils and groups from around the country submitted more than 100 proposals with the five taken forward receiving an initial £750,000 to help develop plans.

The announcement is said to be the “next step” in government’s drive to build homes, following the news last month, as reported by 24housing, of a £9m garden town investment.

Minister of State for Housing Kit Malthouse MP said: “These new towns will not only provide homes for families, but will be vibrant communities where everyone, including neighbouring communities can benefit from new infrastructure – leaving a legacy for future generations to be proud of.

“I congratulate these councils who have put forward ambitious proposals, which will build many thousands of high-quality homes, and am pleased to support them as they work to make these plans a reality.”

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