Garden communities project wins £550,000 from government
As the three ‘garden communities’ proposed by Uttlesford District Council struggle to make progress (see here http://cpressex.org.uk/uttlesford-council-recommended-to-pull-its-local-plan-so-what-now-for-essex-garden-communities/), those included in the NEGC package put together by Braintree, Colchester and Tendring councils have been given a lift by the government.
NEGC (North Essex Garden Communities) has been given £550,000 by Westminster to progress its plans for the new communities at West Tey (24,000 homes), West of Braintree (13,000) and East of Colchester (9,000).
Predictably, the award – part of a £6 million handout to garden-community projects across the country – has gone down well at the local authorities behind the scheme.
John Spence, NEGC chairman and county council cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “We welcome the confirmation of extra funding which we were expecting from the government, which is a vote of confidence in our ability to deliver garden communities in north Essex through our partnership work.”
David King, of Colchester Borough Council, added: “I’m delighted the government has once again confirmed its support for garden communities.
“The government and our council partners know that garden communities are a much better way to deliver the new homes, jobs and supporting infrastructure needed for future generations across north Essex.”