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Garden Communities: Construction

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 60372, tabled on 17 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Garden Village proposals which do not meet the criteria of achieving substantial local community support as set out at point 11 on page 6 of Locally-led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities, published by his Department in March 2016, and which were not selected in the initial round will not receive either informal or formal support from the Homes and Communities Agency in progressing those proposals outside the scheme.

Answered on

24 January 2017

The Homes and Communities Agency has offered a conversation with local authorities whose garden village proposals were not selected to establish how they might be supported to progress their ambitions.

The 14 garden villages selected stood out as the strongest against the criteria we had set, including the likelihood of timely progress and accelerated delivery; viability and local demand; the strength of quality, innovation and design in the proposal; and the strength of local leadership and support.