Housing Minister, Rt Hon Esther Mcvey, has announced a total of £6 million of funding to help progress plans for garden towns and villages across the UK. In total, plans across the UK will help deliver up to 200,000 new homes.

The North Essex Garden Communities project has received a £550,000 share of the funding to progress plans for the three proposed Garden Communities in Colchester, Tendring and Braintree.

Cllr John Spence, Chair of NEGC and Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults, said: “We welcome the confirmation of extra funding which we were expecting from the Government, which is a vote of confidence in our ability to deliver garden communities in north Essex through our partnership work.”  

NEGC Ltd is the body tasked with taking the North Essex Garden Communities project forward.  It is wholly owned by, and works on behalf of, Essex County Council, Braintree District Council, Tendring District Council and Colchester Borough Council.  The delivery of the Garden Communities is subject to their being approved by an independent Planning Inspector. 

Currently, there are 21 Garden Community projects across the UK. The full list of projects and the funding they have received can be seen here.