28 June 2019
Lightwood in conjunction with Hart District Council submitted a bid to join the Government’s Garden Communities programme in November 2018; a programme set up by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to help meet demand for new homes in England.
We are delighted to announce that Shapley Heath Garden Village (at Murrell Green) was one of 19 successful bids to the programme and has been awarded £150,000 in this first year to help develop ‘Shapley Heath Garden Village’ for up to 10,000 homes at Murrell Green and Winchfield.
Lightwood, in collaboration with Gallagher Estates/Barratt Homes:
“This programme is more than about building new homes, it’s about delivering appropriate infrastructure, such as schools, transport, and health and community facilities. The funding and support that we’ll receive as a designated Garden Community will allow a truly locally led approach, developing plans for a new community that is sustainable, beautiful and benefits from the right infrastructure – provided at the right time – together with spaces that promote wellbeing and enhances biodiversity. We still have some way to go with the programme, but this announcement gives us the green light to pursue the creation of a garden community.”