DCLG has issued a prospectus setting out how they can support local areas in the delivery of new housing. They are seeking expressions of interest from developers and landowners to develop new 'garden villages' of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes.
The intention is to provide 12 new 'garden villages' throughout the country. These could either be urban extensions or wholly new settlements in sustainable locations. It appears to be an attempt to build on the 'Garden Cities' initiative, which was aimed at delivering larger numbers of dwellings - in settlements of 10,000 homes or more.
The bid process closes on 31 July 2016. If you happen to have a large area of empty land, and fancy taking advantage of this latest government initiative, it might be worth a look.
This prospectus sets out how we can support local areas who want to create new garden villages, towns and cities. It offers tailored government support to local areas with ambitious and innovative proposals to deliver 1,500 homes and above. It is divided into 2 parts covering expressions of interest for different scales of development. The first part of the prospectus invites expressions of interest by 31 July 2016 for new ‘garden villages’ of between 1,500 to 10,000 homes. The additional document provides further guidance on the type of information that the expression of interest should include where possible. The second part of the prospectus invites expressions of interest on a rolling basis in new garden towns and cities of more than 10,000 homes.