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Government announces £8 million cash boost for vibrant new communities

Tuesday January 14th, 2020

Funds allocated to deliver up to 200,000 new homes in garden towns and villages and for councils to support new neighbourhood plans.

Funding

Communities across England are set to benefit from thousands of new, better-designed homes thanks to an £8 million cash boost, Housing Minister Rt Hon Esther McVey MP has announced today.

A total of £6 million will be allocated to help new locally-led garden towns and villages progress plans to deliver up to 200,000 new homes.

An additional £1.9 million will be given to councils in England to support new neighbourhood plans, allowing communities to get involved and have their say on the types of homes that are built and where.

Neighbourhood planning has been incredibly popular at the local level since it was introduced it in 2011 with nearly a million votes cast for neighbourhood plans and over 2,600 different communities coming forward with proposals.

Today’s funding allocation builds on the government’s commitment to giving communities a voice on the development in their areas, including prioritising local brownfield land while protecting the green belt.

Today’s funding will support local authorities to deliver neighbourhood plans by:

Providing advice and expertise to communities that want a neighbourhood plan;
Organising an independent examination of draft plans;
Hosting local referendums that give communities a final say on these plans; and
Supporting communities who want to deliver new neighbourhood plans but have not been able to.
Twenty one garden towns and villages already in the pipeline across England will receive a share of £6 million to progress their proposals towards delivering up to 200,000 new homes.

The cash injection will mean homes get built that otherwise would not. This is because it will be used for preparing environmental assessments and using the latest design techniques to develop areas people will be proud to be a part of.
The latest new garden community to receive backing from the government will be built at Wynyard, which has already received £150,000 and will make it the largest new settlement in the North East, delivering up to 6,800 new homes.
Further information
Neighbourhood plans are led by community volunteers and parish councils, covering individual neighbourhoods and villages, and are supported by their local planning authority.

A list of councils receiving funding to support neighbourhood planning can be found below
See a list of all the 21 Garden Communities to receive funding in this round
Councils receiving funding to support neighbourhood planning
East of England
Barbegh

Central Bedfordshire

Colchester

East Hertfordshire

Mid-Suffolk

North Hertfordshire

Yorkshire and Humber
Barnsley

Leeds

Wakefield

East Midlands
Bassetlaw

Daventry

Melton

North East Derbyshire

North West Leicestershire

Rutland

South Northamptonshire

Wellingborough

West Lindsey

London
Brent

Greenwich

Lambeth

Westminster

West Midlands
Cannock Chase

Herefordshire

North Warwickshire

Solihull

Stratford-on-Avon

Wychavon

North West
Cheshire East

Cheshire West and Chester

Rochdale

Stockport

West Lancashire

North East
Durham

South West
Cornwall

Dorset

Mendip

North Somerset

South Somerset

Wiltshire

South East
Fareham

Hart

Horsham

Maidstone

Milton Keynes

Rother

Runneymede

South Oxfordshire

Vale of White Horse

West Oxfordshire

Windsor and Maidenhead

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