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£3 million cash injection to speed up the locally-led building of new garden towns and villages

Otterpool Park

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has announced a £9 million cash injection to speed up the locally-led building of new garden towns and villages across the country.

Announcing the funding as part of £9million of investment across the UK,  Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP said:

“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.

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.”

Dunton Hills

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.

Allocation in SELEP Area

Projects across the South East LEP geography are to receive £3.065m to develop new purpose-built settlements over the coming 50+ years. This funding will enable to continue to take forward the work it needs to do in order to bring forward new Garden Communities.

Allocation Homes Website
Otterpool Park, Folkestone  £1,250,000 10,000 homes Find out more
North Essex (Colchester, Tendring & Braintree) £1,000,000 43,000 homes Find out more
Harlow & Gilston            £715,000 24,000 homes Find out more
Dunton Hills    £100,000 3,500 homes Find out more

Garden Communities

Gilston Park

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 is helping 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.