THE Government has announced £8 million for new neighbourhood plans and the delivery of up to 200,000 new homes in so-called garden towns and villages across the country.
A total of £6 million is being allocated to the garden settlements, which the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) says will be locally led.
Meanwhile, £1.9 million will be given to council in England to help them support the development of new neighbourhood plans. These are intended to give local people a say in what types of homes are built in their communities and where.
“Communities have the local insight to decide what new homes should look like and the kind of infrastructure they need in their area,” said housing minister, Esther McVey MP. “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 funding to support the delivery of neighbourhood plans will be used to:
- Provide advice and expertise to communities that want a neighbourhood plan
- Organise an independent examination of draft plans
- Host local referendums that give communities a final say on these plans
- Support communities that want to deliver new neighbourhood plans but have not been able to
Councils across the North are to get there share of the funding for neighbourhood plans. These are Barnsley, Leeds, and Wakefield in Yorkshire; Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester, Rochdale, Stockport, and West Lancashire in the North West; and Durham in the North East.
The North East also hosts the latest new garden community to get the Government’s backing. It is joining the 21 garden towns and villages already in the pipeline in England that will receive a share of the £6 million.
Wynyard has already received £150,000 and will be the largest new settlement in the North East, delivering up to 6,800 new homes.
“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,” said the Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Ben Houchen.
“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.”