Garden Towns

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th December 2017.

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Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch Conservative, Saffron Walden 12:00 am, 4th December 2017

What support his Department is providing to local authorities to develop new garden towns.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

We are working with 24 garden cities, towns and villages across England to unlock barriers, broker solutions and support them with infrastructure needs. I am announcing today £3 million of additional capacity funding for 14 garden villages, bringing our total funding through this programme to £19 million.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch Conservative, Saffron Walden

The Secretary of State will be aware that my local authority of Uttlesford is proposing three new garden communities, but significant infrastructure is required first. What reassurance can he give them that investment for this will be forthcoming?

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

My hon. Friend is right to highlight the need for infrastructure when it comes to housing, which is why I am sure she will welcome the increase in funding that was in the recent Budget. I am also launching today a £25 million planning delivery fund and inviting bids from ambitious councils, and a consultation on regulations that will enable the creation of locally led new development corporations.

Photo of Ruth George Ruth George Labour, High Peak

Does the Secretary of State accept that, when new developments are built, it is not in the interests of householders that they are leasehold estates? Will he reiterate the statement he made in July that the Government will not allow the building of any new leasehold homes, and act for those who are already being unfairly treated?

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The hon. Lady will know that a consultation on this has just closed, and we will be responding to it shortly. I have said before, and I am happy to repeat, that I see no reason whatever for new houses to be sold on leasehold.