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Richard Bell

Government funding to fast track garden town developments across England

A seven-figure cash boost from the Government is set to speed up the delivery of more than 155k new homes across England.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has this morning (October 4) announced £2.5m in funding for nine locally led garden town schemes from Bicester to Taunton.

The investment will fast track the build phase of the large housing projects, which are ‘committed to delivering high-quality, well-planned and well-designed new communities’, the Government said in a statement today.

The nine gardens towns are located at Bicester, Basingstoke, Didcot, Otterpool Park (Kent), Aylesbury, Harlow-Gilston, North Essex, Taunton and North Northamptonshire.

Sajid Javid said: “Locally led garden towns have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need.

“This new funding will help support the construction of more than 155k homes in nine places across the country.”

He added: “New communities not only deliver homes, but also bring new jobs and facilities and a big boost to local economies.”

The funding is part of the Government’s Housing White Paper, which outlines support for the locally led development of 10 garden towns and cities and 14 garden villages.

Together, the schemes have the potential to deliver 220k new homes.

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