Government announces first 14 Garden Villages......
To include construction of shell or package homes and serviced building plots.
The Government announced new "garden" towns and villages will be built across England in an attempt to alleviate the housing crisis. The plans will deliver 14 new villages of between 1,500 to 10,000 homes to be built outside existing ettlements. A further three towns of more than 10,000 houses each will be built alongside Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow and Gilston. Theresa May’s first announcement of 2017 suggests her Government will make housing one of its main priorities in the year ahead.
Some can be expected to start construction next year and more locations may be announced later in 2017. Garden Cities, Towns and Villages can provide significant opportunities for self-build and custom build housebuilding as the diverse nature of this form of housing and its associated benefits aligns well with their planning principles. Opportunities can be identified if councils engage early on with custom build developers and enablers to help identify suitable arcels of land that can be brought forward for different types of self and custom build housing. This can include the construction of shell or package homes and permissioned serviced building plots which people can buy at affordable prices to help get construction underway quickly.
The majority of the new Villages are expected to include opportunities for self and custom housebuilding as they are implemented. NaCSBA plans to engage with councils at the earliest opportunity to provide support and advice to help bring these opportunities forward.