Garden towns

Garden town developments to be sped up by £2.5m boost

The government has announced a £2.5m boost to help speed up the delivery of over 155,000 new homes in English garden towns.

The funding will support the development of nine new locally led garden towns at Bicester, Didcot, Basingstoke, Otterpool Park in Kent, Aylesbury, Taunton, Harlow-Gilston, north Northamptonshire and north Essex.

It will also support the local authorities and communities in delivering the proposals and speeding up the progress of the developments through additional resources and expertise.

“Locally led garden towns have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need,” said communities secretary Sajid Javid.

“New communities not only deliver homes, but also bring new jobs and facilities and a big boost to local economies.”

The government is currently supporting the development of 10 locally led garden towns and cities and 14 garden villages.

Garden towns are developments of more than 10,000 homes, while garden villages are smaller, ranging between 1,500 and 10,000 new homes.

The garden village and town schemes have the combined potential to provide 220,000 new homes across England.

A recent study found that residential properties near England’s finest gardens could come with a premium of £58,554 compared with the average local property price.

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