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Colchester Borough Council Leader welcomes £700,000 Government Garden Communities funding

Date issued: 4 October 2017

The Leader of Colchester Borough Council, Councillor Paul Smith, has welcomed the Government's announcement of an additional £700,000 funding for the North Essex Garden Communities (NEGC) project.

The funding for the scheme - a partnership between Colchester, Braintree, and Tendring councils and Essex County Council - was announced yesterday (Tuesday) by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid. The NEGC scheme received the largest share of the £2.5 million fund announced to support the creation of nine garden community projects across the country.

The three NEGC sites are based west of Braintree, on the Braintree/Colchester border and on the Colchester/Tendring border. Together they could deliver up to 43,000 new homes along with employment opportunities and new and enhanced infrastructure over the next 30 years.

Cllr Paul Smith said: "The North Essex Garden Communities project is an innovative approach to tackling the housing challenges our area is facing, in a way that ensures the much needed services and infrastructure are developed before, and not after, the new homes are built . 

"The fact that we have the largest share of the government's funding is national recognition for the successful partnership work of the four councils and the progress we have already achieved.

"There is still a lot of work to do, but we have made great strides in our work towards creating the structure to deliver the housing, jobs coupled with the health services, schools, roads and transport networks our communities need and want."