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Government helps to fund Aylesbury Garden Town vision

They have given the area £460,000 to help with planning growth.

Published by Dan Gooding at 2:18pm 14th January 2020. 3-minute read.

Government helps to fund Aylesbury Garden Town vision

Aylesbury is getting another £460,000 from the government, to help deliver its garden town vision.

The money will be used to deliver 16-thousand new homes in the best way possible, the government say, by supporting communities with neighbourhood plans.

A total of £6 million will be allocated nationally to help create up to 200,000 well designed new homes through new garden towns and villages.

An additional £2 million will be given to councils in England to support new neighbourhood plans, including £410,000 for the South East, allowing communities to have their say on the types of homes that are built and where they should be.

Neighbourhood planning has been incredibly popular at the local level since it was introduced in 2011 with nearly a million votes cast for neighbourhood plans and over 2,600 different communities coming forward with proposals.

The £410,000 funding allocation builds on the government's commitment to giving communities a voice on the development in their areas, including prioritising local brownfield land while protecting the green belt.

Today's funding will support local authorities to deliver neighbourhood plans by:

  • Providing advice and expertise to communities that want a neighbourhood plan;
  • Organising an independent examination of draft plans; and
  • Hosting local referendums that give communities a final say on these plans.
  • Supporting communities who want to deliver new neighbourhood plans but have not been able to.
Aylesbury - welcome sign

Housing Minister Rt Hon Esther McVey MP said:

"Communities are best placed to decide where the homes they need get built, what they look like and the infrastructure that goes along with it - this is what neighbourhood planning is all about, so I'm pleased this funding for the South East 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 deliver tens of thousands of much-needed new homes for hardworking families."

Rob Butler MP said:

"I welcome the Government's announcement to provide additional funding and a greater say for local people.

"The Aylesbury Garden Town project is an excellent example of how towns can adapt to become more attractive and relevant for the 21st century.

"The Government's commitment to building green communities is exactly what we need both nationally and locally."

Seven garden towns and villages already in the pipeline for the South East will also receive a share of £6m to progress proposals, delivering up to 46,200 new homes.

The £2.1 million cash injection will mean homes get built that otherwise would not. This is because it will be used for preparing environmental assessments and using the latest design techniques to develop areas people will be proud to be a part of.

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