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2017-01-09

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Vectos providing advice on two strategic garden towns

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced that three garden towns and 14 garden villages will be given Government backing to aid the delivery of up 100,000 new homes. Vectos is delighted to be providing transport planning services for two new garden towns, detailed below, to assist in delivering much-needed additional sustainable housing.

  • Harlow & Gilston: 10,000 new homes plus educational, retail, leisure, business and community floorspace. Our work has contributed to the site being allocated in the draft Local Plan. 
  • Taunton: 6,000 new homes delivered through a number of strategic development sites across the town. Vectos is working for developers and interested parties on several sites that comprise the garden town, advising on constraints and masterplanning matters.

Vectos Regional Director Kamran Haider said strategic garden towns like Gilston and Taunton have the potential to deliver much-needed homes while boosting the local economy.

“We work with a range of developers and landowners to deliver strategic residential developments across the UK. Our experience has allowed us to formulate a comprehensive approach, from project conception through the planning, detailed design and construction stages, through to the evaluation of sustainable transport initiatives,” he said.

“Through our strategies and cutting-edge European work, we seek to achieve behavioural change in mobility patterns and have an in-depth understanding of residential travel patterns, thus allowing us to negotiate with authorities to identify reduced impacts on the transport network.

“We are very proud of our strategic residential successes that often lead to unlocking challenging sites, winning difficult appeals and reducing S106 obligations.”

The three garden towns will draw upon £1.4 million of government funding to unlock their full capacity, accelerate delivery and remove barriers. The Government will also provide support in terms of expertise, brokerage and new planning freedoms.

Together with the 7 garden towns already announced, these 17 new garden settlements have the combined potential to provide almost 200,000 new homes.

The projects will also have access to infrastructure funding programmes across government, such as the new £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund.

The government may run a further call for expressions of interest in 2017 for other places with proposals for new garden villages. Vectos is well placed to advise on strategic housing sites throughout the UK and would welcome any opportunity to assist on these projects.