14 new garden villages promise 48,000 new homes

Following the promise to make 2017 the year of building, housing minister Gavin Barwell has announced plans for fourteen new ‘garden villages’ to be built across the UK.

The new developments, which will create a further 48,000 homes across the country, will be created on land including a former airfield and greenbelt. These new garden villages and towns will form entirely new communities, instead of ‘bolting on’ to existing villages or towns.

The proposed new sites will be located at:

  • Long Marston in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Oxfordshire Cotswolds
  • Deenethorpe in Northamptonshire
  • Culm in Devon
  • Welborne in Hampshire
  • West Carclaze in Cornwall
  • Dunton Hills in Essex
  • Spitalgate Heath in Lincolnshire
  • Halsnead in Merseyside
  • Longcross in Surrey
  • Bailrigg in Lancaster
  • Infinity Garden Village in Derbyshire
  • St Cuthberts in Cumbria
  • Handforth in Cheshire

The three new garden towns will be located in:

  • Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury area)
  • Somerset (Taunton area)
  • Essex-Hertfordshire border (Harlow and Gilston)

Over £6million worth of funding will go towards funding the new villages, whilst an additional £1.4 has been earmarked to develop the towns . the plans aim to deliver high quality, affordable homes with green space, and good transport links to help combat the UK’s growing housing problem.

Locally led garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need. New communities not only deliver homes, they also bring new jobs and facilities and a big boost to local economies.

Gavid Barwell, Housing minister

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