Garden Community

Investigating the Opportunity for a New Garden Community in Hart

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 has been successful in its bid to join the Government’s Garden Communities programme and receive £150,000 in this first year.

Speaking about the funding, Cllr David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “We welcome this announcement as it is an encouraging step forward to work with our local communities to create a new village in Hart that addresses future needs.  

“This programme is more than about building new homes, it’s about delivering appropriate infrastructure, such as schools, transport, and health and community facilities. The funding and support that we’ll receive as a designated Garden Community will allow a truly locally led approach, developing plans for a new community that is sustainable, beautiful and benefits from the right infrastructure – provided at the right time – together with spaces that promote wellbeing and enhances biodiversity.

We still have some way to go with the programme, but this announcement gives us the green light to pursue the creation of a garden community.” 

Please see the Garden Community press release.

If you would like a copy of the Council's bid, please email

Next steps

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.

Subsequent reports were also considered by the Council's Cabinet. You can view the relevant reports here: Cabinet Report - 7 November 2019 and Cabinet Report - 2 January 2020

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 Agenda and Papers and Garden Community Draft Minutes.

In September 2020, the Council submitted a bid for Garden Communities Capacity Funding. You can review the Council's bid here: Garden Communities Capacity Funding Bidding Form. The Council is awaiting a decision regarding the capacity funding bid.


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