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McVey promises cash for garden communities

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing minister Esther McVey has announced £8 million in funding to help deliver ‘new, better-designed’ homes for communities across England.

About £6 million would be spent on helping 21 new garden towns and communities to progress their plans.

The money can be used for preparing environmental assessments and applying the latest design techniques to “develop areas people will be proud to be a part of”, the government explained.

The latest garden community to receive support is Wynyard, a 6,800-home development in Durham. It has so far received £150,000.

An additional £1.9 million will be given to councils in England to support new neighbourhood plans. Since these were introduced in 2011, more than 2,600 communities have come forward with proposals for neighbourhood plans.

McVey said: “Communities have the local insight to decide what new homes should look like and the kind of infrastructure they need in their area. This is what neighbourhood planning is all about, so I’m pleased this funding will ensure that the right homes are built in the right places.

“I am also announcing extra cash to deliver new, vibrant garden communities, which will help deliver tens of thousands of well-designed new homes for hardworking families.”

The government said the neighbourhood planning cash would go towards:

  • Providing advice and expertise to communities that want a neighbourhood plan.
  • Organising an independent examination of draft plans.
  • Hosting local referendums that give communities a final say on these plans supporting communities who want to deliver new neighbourhood plans but have not been able to.

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