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Government announces £8 million cash boost for vibrant new communities

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Funding of £8 million has been allocated to deliver up to 20,000 new homes in garden towns and villages, and for councils to support new neighbourhood plans.

Neighbourhood plans

£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 and locations of homes that are built.

Local authorities will be able to:

  • provide advice and expertise to communities that want a neighbourhood plan
  • organise an independent examination of draft plans
  • host local referendums that give communities a final say on these plans
  • support communities who want to deliver new neighbourhood plans but have not been able to.

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Communities have the local insight to decide what new homes should look like and the kind of infrastructure they need in their area. This is what neighbourhood planning is all about, so I’m pleased this funding will ensure that the right homes are built in the right places.


I am also announcing extra cash to deliver new vibrant garden communities, which will help deliver tens of thousands of well-designed new homes for hardworking families. - Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Housing Minister

Developing garden towns

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 boost will be used for preparing environmental assessments and using the latest design techniques in the development of the areas.

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.

 

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I am delighted that this funding has been approved and it is another example of the government’s commitment to projects in the Tees Valley – they are supporting my ambition to make our region a better place to live and work.


The proposed garden community will take more pressure off nearby developments when it comes to excessive building which is changing the character of our villages and towns for the worse and proving to be a real headache for residents. This announcement is more evidence that this government is listening to the concerns of people in this region and acting upon them. - Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor

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