The government has hit the ground running in 2017 with CLG's garden villages announcement. 14 new garden villages have been given government backing with the potential to deliver up to 48,000 new homes across the county. Each site will benefit from access to a £6m pot to fund additional resource and aid delivery. In a separate announcement, three new garden towns in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston were announced, with a further £1.4m of funding made available.
Eligibility for garden village status is restricted to those proposals for distinct new settlements that are not extensions to existing villages or settlements and that deliver between 1,500 and 10,000 new homes. A few of the garden villages on the list seem a little familiar and so I question the extent to which they could be described as 'new'. There will no doubt be a little controversy in relation to whether each garden village is 'distinct' too.
However, for those of us professionals lucky enough to be working on exciting new developments such as these, we should be welcoming this news and playing our part to ensure they are successful.