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

Wednesday February 13th, 2019

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

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.”

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