Five communities will receive a share of £3.7m of funding to fast-track the specialist survey work and planning works necessary for each new town’s development.
The funds will be spent by councils to help underpin the homes and infrastructure needed for both neighbouring communities and future residents who will call the new town home.
The five successful bids are:
- Grazeley Garden Settlement – up to 15,000 homes
- Hemel Garden Communities – up to 11,000 homes
- Easton Park Garden Community, North Uttlesford Garden Community and West of Braintree Garden Community – up to 18,500 homes
- Tewkesbury Ashchurch Garden Community – up to 10,195 homes
- Meecebrook, in the north of Stafford borough – about 10,000 homes.
Councils and groups from across the country submitted over 100 ambitious proposals.
The five that have been taken forward receive an initial £750,000 to help develop plans.
“These new towns will not only provide homes for families, but will be vibrant communities where everyone, including neighbouring communities can benefit from new infrastructure – leaving a legacy for future generations to be proud of,” said Kit Malthouse.
“Garden communities can take the form of new villages, towns or cities and have the potential to deliver well designed homes at an increased scale, boosting the local economy and creating new jobs.”
The five new schemes will join the 23 existing garden communities the government currently supports.