Government announces support for Harlow North Garden Town
Politics / Mon 2nd Jan 2017 at 08:23am
ENGLAND’S first garden villages will be built at 14 sites spread across the country from Devon to Cumbria, the government has announced.
One of them will be the a “Garden Town” on the Gilston-Harlow border. commonly known as the Harlow North development.
Ministers have lent their support to 14 planned developments which will each deliver between 1,500 and 10,000 properties and establish new villages.
Larger garden towns in Buckinghamshire, Somerset and the Essex-Hertfordshire border were also approved.
The 17 new areas could provide almost 200,000 new homes, the government says.
The latest plans are in addition to seven garden towns that have already been announced.
The plans for garden towns and cities are expected to create new communities with green spaces, good transport links and high quality affordable homes to help tackle a lack of housing.
The new villages will receive about £6m in government funding over two years to help deliver the projects, with a further £1.4m of funding being provided for the delivery of the new towns.
The 14 new garden villages will be in:
Long Marston in Stratford-upon-Avon
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
The three new garden towns will be in:
Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury area)
Somerset (Taunton area)
Essex-Hertfordshire border (Harlow and Gilston)
Homes are already being built in Aylesbury, Taunton, Bicester, Didcot, Basingstoke, Ebbsfleet, and north Northamptonshire.
Dame Kate Barker. who carried out an independent review of UK housing supply in 2004, said it was a “step in the right direction” towards easing Britain’s housing shortage.
But she told the BBC Today programme that the plans would only make up one year’s worth of the backlog of homes that should have been built since the financial crisis.
She added: “It’s very hard to tell from this announcement how far these are new and additional to existing local plans.
“But when the government set out its prospectus for the villages last year, it did say they want to be additional.
“The money on offer on the first instance, which is £6m spread across these garden villages, is not very large so we will certainly have to see infrastructure money as well going in to help make these places successful.
“But I think we should welcome welcome this announcement. It’s certainly a step in the right direction.”
Housing 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.”