The Hon. James Brokenshire, MP, Communities Secretary, has called for more garden towns in England by announcing the Ministry of Housing’s new garden communities programme.
The goal of the garden towns programme is to build more high-quality homes and create more green space. It is an expansion of the government plans to encourage more local development
Councils in England and private developers supported by local authorities will be able to apply to participate in the programme.
Successful bidders will receive customised advice and possible grant funding for help with environmental assessments, which are part of the planning process, or staffing.
The Communities Secretary said that the garden homes plan is about the UK government cooperating with developers and councils to obtain quality homes that are compatible with beautiful sites throughout England.
He said that the government wanted to help local authorities build vibrant and strong communities where people wanted to live, raise their families, and find work. The garden communities programme has the potential to deliver over 200,000 new properties by 2050, and the government wants to take it to the next level.