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New government fund assists garden towns

According to a recent announcement by the Housing Minister, Rt Hon Esther McVey, garden towns across the country are scheduled to benefit from the provision of more than £8M to support the development of more than 200,000 new homes.

Specifically, these communities will be provided with shares of a £6M fund that has been expressly reserved to support the development of the aforementioned housing units in locally-led garden towns across England, with the remaining £1.9M reserved for local councils in an attempt to assist with the establishment and improvement of neighbourhood plans.

Minister McVey stated: “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 am 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.”

One example of where the government’s funding has been successfully applied is in the garden community of Wynyard in the Tees Valley, where £150,000 worth of funding has assisted with the construction of some 6,800 new homes.

The Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen added: “I am delighted that this funding has been approved and it is another example of the government’s commitment to projects in the Tees Valley, they are supporting my ambition to make our region a better place to live and work.

“The proposed garden community will take more pressure off nearby developments when it comes to excessive building which is changing the character of our villages and towns for the worse and proving to be a real headache for residents.

“This announcement is more evidence that this government is listening to the concerns of people in this region and acting upon them.”

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