Government plans 20,000 new homes

The government has announced plans for a new garden home community of 20,000 new homes close to Exeter.

Work has already started on the planning for the scheme with the government providing £¾ million to fund dedicated project teams, master planning work and studies to anticipate and offset the impact of housing growth.

Three different local authorities will be involved in the project – Exeter City Council, East Devon Council and Teignbridge District Council.

Fantastic news

Housing minister Kit Malthouse said: “This is fantastic news for Exeter and the surrounding area. We are making an urgent push to build more, better, faster, and it is good to see the authorities working together to plan 20,000 much-needed properties built in Devon.

“This project is the next latest step towards meeting our aim of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, in the areas where people need them the most.”

Garden cities

Last year the government announced plans for 23 new garden cities across the country in what it called a ‘housing revolution’.

Sites already announced include:

  • Long Marston, Warwickshire
  • Oxfordshire Cotswold, Oxfordshire
  • Deenethorpe
  • Culm, Devon
  • Welborne, Hampshire
  • West Carclaze, Cornwall
  • Dunton Hills, Essex
  • Spitalgate Heath, Lincolnshire

The expectation is that there will be a total of 200,000 new homes built by the end of 2050. The scheme is in addition to the previously announced 14 new ‘garden villages’ to provide another 50,000 homes.

High quality homes

Housing minister James Brokenshire said the blueprint would ‘allow more high-quality homes to be built and green spaces created’.

He added: “This plan is about the government working with councils and developers to get great homes in keeping with beautiful areas in England.

We want to help local authorities build strong and vibrant communities where people want to live, work, and raise families.”