Council receives funding boost to explore a garden community

Hart District Council has been successful in securing funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) Garden Communities Programme.  

The Council submitted a bid for further funding in September 2020 and has received £130,000 to continue to explore the opportunity of a garden village in the Winchfield and Murrell Green area, with the working title of Shapley Heath Garden Village.  

Cllr Graham Cockarill, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “We welcome this announcement of funding as it shows the Government’s ongoing commitment and support for Hart District Council to explore the opportunity for a new garden community at Shapley Heath. We have incorporated this into our project plan for delivery for the coming year. 

“As housing demand in Hart continues to grow, we will use this funding to continue engaging with our community, establishing what benefits a successful garden community could provide for residents of Hart.   

“One important part of this, is understanding what our residents want in communities. So, we would encourage everyone to complete the communities’ survey which is now live and runs until Monday 5 July.” 

The programme has been set up by the MHCLG to help meet demand for new homes in England. Garden communities are intended to create new housing, infrastructure, jobs, and services within sustainable communities. They include community facilities, primary and secondary schools, publicly accessible green space, sports facilities and play parks.  

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