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Ministry of Housing Plans More Garden Towns

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.

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Mr. Brokenshire said that strong community engagement and involvement will the key criteria when judging garden community proposals so that new developments will reflect local character while creating beautiful green spaces.

Garden communities can be developed as new cities, towns, or villages and have the ability to deliver beautiful homes at an increased scale, with developments ranging in size from 10,000 to 40,000 properties.

The prospectus is the newest government initiative to get the UK building, with 23 locally-governed garden communities already getting funding. The possibility to build over 200,000 homes by 2050 remains strong.

The launch heralds the beginning of a three-month application process, with winning proposals being confirmed later in the New Year.

217,000 homes were built in 2017, marking the biggest increase in England’s housing supply for nearly a decade.

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