Garden community in Exeter to deliver 20,000 new homes

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A new garden community of up to 20,000 essential new homes will be built across Exeter and the surrounding area, the Minister of State for Housing has revealed

As part of the deal for the South-West, the homes will be built in the region by 2040, providing properties for families and vibrant new garden communities.

With £750,000 of government funding backing the project, the money will be used to fund dedicated project teams, master planning work, and studies to anticipate and offset the impact of housing growth.

Minister of State for Housing Kit Malthouse MP said: “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.”

Three councils – Exeter City Council, East Devon Council and Teignbridge District Council – are working together on plans for the garden community.

The new scheme in Greater Exeter announced will join the 28 existing communities the government is currently supporting.

Garden communities are environments designed to promote community inclusion and walkable, sociable, vibrant neighbourhoods.

Garden communities respond to the opportunities offered to placemaking, living and working by technology and data, while addressing both climate change and climate resilience.

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