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.