Plans to increase garden towns announced

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has called for an increase in garden towns in England, as the government announces the new garden communities programme.

The new garden communities programme will see more high quality homes built and green spaces created, as part of government’s clear ambition to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, and councils and private developers who have secured support from local authorities will now be able to apply for a place on the programme.

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, with projects ranging in size from 10,000 to 40,000 homes.

 

Brokenshire said: “This plan is about the government working with councils and developers to get great homes in keeping with beautiful areas in England. We want to help local authorities build strong and vibrant communities where people want to live, work, and raise families. Our garden communities programme already has the potential to provide over 200,000 new homes by 2050, and we want to go further.”