Regeneration of Towns

Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at on 15 June 2020.

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Photo of Rob Butler Rob Butler Conservative, Aylesbury

What plans he has to support the regeneration of towns.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Our £3.6 billion towns fund will create jobs and drive economic growth in towns across England, and the new high streets task force, along with our £50 million reopening high streets safely fund, will help local areas to kick-start the safe reopening of their town centres.

Photo of Rob Butler Rob Butler Conservative, Aylesbury

The new unitary Buckinghamshire Council has ambitious regeneration plans for Aylesbury, which has garden town status, with an excellent masterplan already prepared. Will my hon. Friend confirm that funding will still be available from central Government for the imaginative and innovative garden town project, which will make Aylesbury a place where people will want to live, work, visit and invest, long after the coronavirus crisis?

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Yes, I can. Well planned, well designed, locally led garden communities play a vital role in helping to meet this country’s housing need well into the future. As we announced at Budget 2020, the Government have demonstrated their support for the Aylesbury garden town through a £170 million housing infrastructure fund award, which should help to unlock its full potential.