England’s first garden villages have been proposed for 14 sites spread across the country from Devon to Cumbria, the government has announced.
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.
Proposals include building a 1,000-home garden village on the site of a former airfield in Deenthorpe, Northamptonshire and a development on green belt land on the Essex-Hertfordshire border.
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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.”
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.
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 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: “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.”
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said garden villages and towns could help tackle the housing crisis if “done well with genuine local consent”.
Chief executive Shaun Spiers added: “Some of these proposals may meet these criteria, but others are greatly opposed by local people.
“We will look closely at these specific proposals to ensure that they really are locally led, that they respect the green belt and other planning designations, and that they meet real local housing need.”
It said proposals for a garden town on green belt land on the Essex-Hertfordshire border would “swallow” the existing village of Gilston and neighbouring hamlet of Eatwick which had a parish population of 228.
Kevin FitzGerald, honorary director of CPRE Hertfordshire, said: “These plans herald the death knell of the rural character of whole swathes of Hertfordshire. Beautiful villages, supposedly protected by green belt, look set to be swallowed up by the urban sprawl of neighbouring towns.”
The 14 new garden villages will be in:
- Long Marston in Stratford-upon-Avon
- Oxfordshire Cotswolds
- 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
- North Cheshire
The three new garden towns will be in:
- Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury area)
- Somerset (Taunton area)
- Essex-Hertfordshire border (Harlow and Gilston)
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