Garden villages and Starter Homes partnerships revealed

The government has begun the new year with announcements on garden villages and the first wave of local authority partnerships to build Starter Homes.

It announced a £6 million fund to help deliver England’s first ever garden villages which, it said, have the potential to deliver more than 48,000 homes. In an expansion of the existing garden towns programme, these smaller projects will each deliver between 1,500 and 10,000 homes.

The 14 new garden villages will have access to the fund over the next two financial years to provide “additional resources and expertise to accelerate development and avoid delays”.

The government has also announced support for three new garden towns in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow & Gilston with £1.4 million of funding to support their delivery. Together with the seven garden towns already announced, these 17 new garden settlements have the combined potential to provide almost 200,000 new homes across the country, said the government.

The 14 new garden villages include Long Marston in Stratford-on-Avon, Oxfordshire Cotswold in West Oxfordshire, and Deenethorpe in East Northants. And the government revealed the first wave of 30 local authority partnerships under the Starter Homes initiative, which will be backed by the £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund.

Housing minister Gavin Barwell confirmed that these homes would be built on brownfi eld sites across the country. They will be built exclusively for first time buyers aged between 23 and 40 years old at a discount of at least 20% below market value. Construction will begin on the first schemes later this year with the fi rst homes delivered in 2018.

The new 30 Starter Home Land Fund partnerships include Blackburn with Darwen Council, Bristol City Council and Chichester District Council.

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