William Eichler 13 February 2019

Whitehall announces £9m boost for garden communities

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The Government has today announced a £9m cash injection to help speed up the building of garden towns and villages across the country.

The Garden Communities project offers tailored Whitehall assistance to help councils deliver garden communities of at least 1,500 homes, with priority given to those of over 10,000 homes.

It is expected to deliver 200,000 properties on large sites by 2050, and the latest funding will help get 21 sites ready for development.

Work is already underway on 10,000 properties, with 36,000 expected to be underway or completed by 2022.

‘We have not built enough homes in this country for the last three decades, and we are turning that around as we work towards our target to build 300,000 properties a year by the mid-2020s,’ said housing minister Kit Malthouse MP.

‘This £9m funding boost is giving councils the support and cash injection they need so they can finish planning new developments and get diggers on site.’

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