The government has announced the creation of the first ever garden villages for the UK.
While none of these new proposed settlements are close to Reading and Slough, these are exciting developments for the property industry and will hopefully have a positive impact on the housing crisis.
14 sites have been earmarked as garden villages, with the potential to deliver more than 48,000 homes across England.
The garden villages are an expansion of the existing garden towns programme, and the announcement also included three further three new garden towns in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston. Together with the seven garden towns previously announced, these 17 new garden settlements are expected to provide almost 200,000 new homes across the country.
These garden villages will be design as distinct, self-contained communities. The government has stated that they will not be extensions to existing urban areas. With their own shops, schools, green spaces and transport links, each should provide between 1,500 and 10,000 homes. The majority of garden villages are expected to be built on previously developed brownfield sites, not on green belt land.
The government has stated that “The 14 new garden villages – from Devon to Derbyshire, Cornwall to Cumbria – will have access to a £6 million fund over the next 2 financial years to support the delivery of these new projects. This money will be used to unlock the full capacity of sites, providing funding for additional resources and expertise to accelerate development and avoid delays. “
It has said there is no "single model" of design to be approved as a garden village, but they should be built to a high quality, be attractive and well designed, and be built as a response to meeting local housing needs - especially for first-time buyers.