It has been announced by the Government that £3.7m will be provided to fund 5 new Garden Towns across England, unlocking a potential 64,000 homes.
Councils will spend the funds on the cost of unpinning the homes and infrastructure needed as well as being able to fast-track specialist survey work and planning works necessary for each town’s new development.
The five successful bids are:
- Grazeley Garden Settlement in Wokingham, Berkshire delivering up to 15,000 homes
- Hemel Garden Communities in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire delivering up to 11,000 homes
- Easton Park Garden Community, North Uttlesford Garden Community and West of Braintree Garden Community, delivering up to 18,500 homes
- Tewkesbury Ashchurch Garden Community in Gloucestershire delivering up to 10,195 homes
- Meece Brook, in the north of Stafford borough, delivering about 10,000 homes
These five new developments will be in addition to the 23 the Government are already supporting.
What is a Garden Town?
The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) suggest, that a garden city is a ‘holistically planned new settlement which enhances the natural environment, tackles climate change and provides high quality housing and locally accessible jobs in beautiful, healthy and sociable communities’.
The concept was very first introduced in 1898 to provide an alternative to living in over-populated, industrial cities. Letchworth Garden City was the first one to be developed and this had great influence on the future of town planning, including Welwyn Garden City.
Garden towns are defined as developments of more than 10,000 homes, typically built within commuter distance of major towns and cities. Although they are self-contained, they are all purpose-built on an area of land and provide inhabitants with their own shops and local amenities.
In addition to garden towns, there are also ‘garden villages’ which as the name suggest, are smaller developments that contain between 1,500 – 10,000 homes.
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