Investigating the opportunity for a new Garden Community in Hart
Hart District Council has launched the Shapley Heath Garden Community website
Visit the website: Hartgarden.community
Government’s Garden Communities Programme
In November 2018 Hart District Council submitted a bid for funding to central government to create a garden village.
On Thursday 27 June 2019 the Council was notified that it had been successful in its bid to join the Government’s Garden Communities Programme, and received £150,000 in this first year. Please see the Garden Community funding press release.
If you would like a copy of the Council's bid, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In September 2020, the Council submitted a bid for Garden Communities Capacity Funding. You can review the Council's bid at Garden Communities Capacity Funding Bidding Form and Appendix 1, Appendix 2 and Appendix 3.
On Monday 7 June the Council was notified that it had been successful in its bid for additional funding, receiving £130,000. Please see the second Garden Community funding press release.
On Tuesday 17 September 2019 a report on the Garden Community Programme was considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. You can view the Garden Community report here.
In accordance with the agreed governance, the first Shapley Heath Garden Community Opportunity Board was held on the 17 February 2020. You can view the relevant reports here: Garden Community February 2020 Agenda and Papers and Garden Community February 2020 Draft Minutes. The second Shapley Heath Garden Community Opportunity Board was held on the 8 March 2021. You can view the relevant reports here: Garden Community March 2021 Agenda and Papers and Garden Community March 2021 Draft Minutes.
In November 2019 and January 2020, the Council’s cabinet approved setting up the stakeholder forum to consult and engage with a wide range of interest groups throughout the investigation of a new garden community. Interest groups will include community stakeholders, the business sector, public sector and third sector organisations. The Stakeholder Forum will also oversee community-wide engagement; ensuring innovative approaches to reach unheard voices. It will offer local insight to the Shapley Heath Garden Community Opportunity Board.
Hart District Council held its first stakeholder forum on Thursday 14 January 2021 to explore the opportunity of a garden community in Hart. Renowned garden communities’ expert and former government advisor, Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, delivered a presentation outlining the benefits of garden communities at a local and national level. Read the press release for the launch of the Stakeholder Forum.
Minutes from the Stakeholders Forum (January/February 2021):
- Communities and Wellbeing Thematic Group
- Future Proofing Thematic Group
- Green Spaces Thematic Group
- Homes & Heritage Thematic Group
- Sustainable Transport Thematic Group
- Steering Group
Link to Garden Community Privacy Notice.