Cash boost announced to help build 200,000 homes in new garden towns

A £9 million cash injection to speed up the locally led building of new garden towns in England and villages across the country has been announced.

The Garden Communities project is expected to deliver 200,000 properties on large sites by 2050, and the latest funding will help get 21 sites ready for development.

The Government project aims to assist ambitious councils get well-designed 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.

‘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,’ said Housing Minister Kit Malthouse.

‘This £9 million funding boost is giving councils the support and cash injection they need so they can finish planning new developments and get diggers on site,’ he added.

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.

The funding will be administered by Homes England.