£8 million cash boost for vibrant new communities

Housing Minister Esther McVey has announced that communities across England are set to benefit from thousands of new, better-designed homes thanks to an £8 million cash boost.

A total of £6 million will be allocated to help new locally-led garden towns and villages progress plans to deliver up to 200,000 new homes. Furthermore, an additional £1.9 million will be given to English councils to support new neighbourhood plans, allowing communities to get involved and have their say on the types of homes that are built and where.

The 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; hosting local referendums that give communities a final say on these plans; and supporting communities who want to deliver new neighbourhood plans but have not been able to.

21 garden towns and villages already in the pipeline across England will receive a share of £6 million to progress their proposals towards delivering up to 200,000 new homes.

McVey said: “Communities have the local insight to decide what new homes should look like and the kind of infrastructure they need in their area. This is what neighbourhood planning is all about, so I’m pleased this funding 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 help deliver tens of thousands of well-designed new homes for hardworking families.”