Tewkesbury Borough Council has been awarded £2.4 million by the government’s Garden Communities Programme to help with the operational costs of delivering its Garden Town Programme in the Ashchurch and Northway area of Tewkesbury Borough – costs which it is recognised go beyond the typical remit of local authorities.
The funding will ensure that the council can fulfil its place-making objectives and the need for additional local housing through financial support for staff, master-planning work, and the studies and assessments needed to underpin delivery.
Locally-led garden communities are considered vital to delivering transformational housing and economic growth, however their delivery remains a complex challenge for localities. In acknowledgement of the council’s ambitions, the Government’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will give ongoing support, including advice from Homes England.
Councillor Rob Bird, Leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “We are absolutely committed to providing housing for young people and future generations, and the Garden Town is critical to delivering on this council priority.
“This latest major funding provided by government is a resounding endorsement of our plans, and our determination to succeed in providing sustainable homes and job opportunities for the future. This will now enable work on the next stages of the project to proceed effectively and demonstrates very clearly the national commitment to this area and the support we can call upon to make the Garden Town a huge success.”
In 2019, Tewkesbury Ashchurch Garden Community was one of five new garden towns unveiled by the government.