Hemel Garden Communities has been announced as one of five new garden towns selected for funding by the Minister of State for Housing on 25 March 2019, following a bid for funding in November 2018. The five successful garden towns will unlock up to 64,000 much-needed homes across England. 

The locally-led new communities, from Hertfordshire to Gloucestershire, will receive a share of £3.7 million of funding to fast-track specialist survey work and planning works necessary for each new town’s development.

The funds will be spent by councils to help to deliver the homes and infrastructure needed for both neighbouring communities and future residents who will call the new town home. This includes specialist survey work and planning applications.

The 5 successful bids are:

  • Hemel Garden Communities, delivering up to 11,000 homes
  • Grazeley Garden Settlement, delivering up to 15,000 homes
  • Easton Park Garden Community, North Uttlesford Garden Community and West of Braintree Garden Community, an opportunity to deliver up to 18,500 homes
  • Tewkesbury Ashchurch Garden Community, delivering up to 10,195 homes
  • Meecebrook, in the north of Stafford borough, delivering around 10,000 homes

Councils and groups from around the country submitted more than 100 ambitious proposals with the 5 taken forward receiving an initial £750,000 to help develop plans for vibrant, thriving settlements where people can live, work and raise families.

Today’s announcement is the next step in the government’s drive to build the homes this country needs, and follows the news last month of a £9 million investment to speed up the building of existing garden towns and villages.

Minister of State for Housing Kit Malthouse MP said: "These new towns will not only provide homes for families, but will be vibrant communities where everyone, including neighbouring communities can benefit from new infrastructure – leaving a legacy for future generations to be proud of.

"I congratulate these councils who have put forward ambitious proposals, which will build many thousands of high-quality homes, and am pleased to support them as they work to make these plans a reality."

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, boosting the local economy and creating new jobs.

The 5 new schemes announced today will join the 23 existing garden communities the government is currently supporting, which are already delivering new homes today, bringing us closer to the government’s aim to deliver 300,000 new homes a year by the mid 2020s. 

Cherie Norris, Enterprise Zone Manager, Hertfordshire LEP said: “To be one of just five bids chosen out of 100 is testament to the strength of our proposition to bring new homes and breathe new life into Hemel Hempstead, with sustainability and green principles at its core.

"Hemel Garden Communities marks an exciting leap forward in the area’s transformation, with Hertfordshire IQ at it’s commercial heart, creating a national hub for green businesses and set to deliver over 8000 new jobs. We will continue to work in close partnership to deliver our collective vision for green and prosperous communities across the county.”

The Hemel Garden Communities bid was developed in partnership between Dacorum Borough Council, Hertfordshire LEP, St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire County Council and The Crown Estate, to deliver a mixed-use residential and commercial development for Hemel Hempstead, delivering up to 11,000 homes and 10,000 new jobs.

Environmental credentials and high-quality design principles are at the heart of the Garden Communities vision, allowing Hemel Hempstead, as a Mark One New Town, the opportunity to further the legacy of creating innovative and sustainable new settlements. The Garden Communities key aim is to integrate existing Hemel Hempstead communities with the new communities. For more information, please see the Hemel Garden Communities Charter below.

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