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Expansion for garden towns programme

3 Jan 17 Plans for 14 new garden villages and another three new garden towns have been announced by the government.

A garden village is planned on the site of Long Marston airfield
A garden village is planned on the site of Long Marston airfield

Altogether, it could mean up to 48,000 homes being built on these 17 sites.

Garden villages represent an extension of the garden towns programme. These smaller developments will have between 1,500 and 10,000 homes.

A garden town, by contrast, is defined as a development of more than 10,000 homes.

The government is allocating a total of £6m for pump priming the garden village sites and £1.4m for three new garden towns, which are in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston.

Together with the seven garden towns previously announced, there is now potential for 200,000 new homes across the country under the programme.

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Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell said: “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. These places combined could provide almost 200,000 homes.

The 14 new garden villages are:

  • Long Marston in Stratford-on-Avon
  • Oxfordshire Cotswold in West Oxfordshire
  • Deenethorpe in East Northants
  • Culm in Mid Devon
  • Welborne near Fareham in Hampshire
  • West Carclaze in Cornwall
  • Dunton Hills near Brentwood, Essex
  • Spitalgate Heath in South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
  • Halsnead in Knowsley, Merseyside
  • Longcross in Runnymede and Surrey Heath
  • Bailrigg in Lancaster
  • Infinity Garden Village in South Derbyshire and Derby City area
  • St Cuthberts near Carlisle City, Cumbria
  • North Cheshire in Cheshire East

The three new garden towns are:

  • Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
  • Taunton, Somerset
  • Harlow & Gilston, Essex and Hertfordshire

By 2020, more than 25,000 housing starts are expected in garden villages, towns and cities supported by the government. Homes are already being built in several locations, including Bicester, Basingstoke, Didcot, Ebbsfleet, Aylesbury, Taunton and North Northants.

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