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Brokenshire bids to boost 'garden communities'

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A new programme aimed at boosting the growth of so-called ‘garden communities’ has been announced by housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire.

Councils and private developers hoping to create housing developments which reflect the existing character of an area, include a significant amount of green space and have secured the support of the local community can apply for a place on the programme.

Succesful bidders will receive advice from external experts and “potential” funding for staffing and environmental assessments.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government say the new garden communities can vary in size between 10,000 and 40,000 homes.

Mr Brokenshire said: “This plan is about the government working with councils and developers to get great homes in keeping with beautiful areas in England.”

“We want to help local authorities build strong and vibrant communities where people want to live, work, and raise families.”

Currently 23 garden community projects have received funding and the ministry said up to 200,000 homes could be delivered by 2050 through these schemes.

Applications open today, with successful bidders announced in the new year.

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