Date: 2 January 2017
Proposals for a new garden village, housing up to 2,500 new homes, with the possibility of further housing being built in future decades, along with new schools, employment and commercial space together with community and healthcare facilities has received financial backing from the Government today (Monday January 2)
The announcement that Brentwood Borough Council’s application for initial funding from the Government’s Garden Village Scheme has been successful, means Dunton Hills Garden Village will have access to part of the £6m allocated to develop new communities and garden villages countrywide.
Leader Cllr Louise McKinlay said: “This is excellent news all round, for the borough, residents, our children and all those living in Essex and beyond. We have been working on developing an entirely new community as part of our Local Development Plan for some time. We aim high with good reason, because we want to provide the best, and the Government has recognised that we can deliver something truly exceptional with the help of its financial investment. Together with our development partners Commercial Estates Group, we can continue to scope details of the plan in the New Year for this hugely significant scheme.”
Brentwood Borough Council forecasts the new Dunton Hills Garden Village will create thousands of jobs, increase the amount of money being spent and invested locally, build affordable and high class housing, ensure leisure and health facilities will complement and be integral to both the garden village and the natural landscape. The idea is that the new Garden Villages will stand alone in their own right and in their own distinct areas, rather than growing from existing and established villages and towns. Garden Towns have also been announced and are differentiated from the Villages by the larger allocations of new build homes.
The new Dunton Hills Garden Village scheme will cost around £467m to build resulting in at least 465 construction jobs and 40 new apprenticeships over the initial 15 years it will take to build. Once complete the Garden village will potentially provide 2,600 new jobs and a high percentage of affordable homes. The aim is for Dunton Hills Garden Village to enjoy thousands of acres of green space, which will be run by a trust, and ensure it is a destination people want to visit and enjoy.
Cllr McKinlay continued; “The addition of a new Garden Village would complement our existing and unique “borough of villages”. Thanks to this new central government funding, and its decision to award Dunton Hills Garden Village its own official Garden Village status, we can begin to turn the idea into a reality. There is much to do, we need to build all of this into our local development plan, liaise with all our partners and continue to discuss with residents and the local parish councils – but we are delighted that this news recognises the approach we are taking and supports our Local Development Plan strategy as we move Brentwood forward for future generations. This Government approval is the proof that we are right to be ambitious in the goals we set. “
Brentwood Borough Council Chair of Planning Roger McCheyne added; “This is a big step forward that shows Brentwood Borough Council is forging its future in the right direction. There is due process still to go through, and of course Dunton Hills Garden Village will take many years to build, but this initial funding support means we can start work now to detail plans for this new and special community. This is one of those times where all the hard work is coming together and will pay dividends in the coming years as we seek to create a new and sustainable village for Brentwood.”
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