Government to fund garden village in Handforth

15 December 2017

Cheshire East Council has been awarded £188,000 by the government to develop the garden village at Handforth.

The funding will be used to boost the resources and skills needed to deliver high quality housing, while encouraging innovative and sustainable design.

The garden village project had previously received £228,000 via the Homes and Communities Agency. The project is being managed by the council’s arms-length company Engine of the North.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration said: “I am delighted that we were successful with this grant submission. The project will greatly improve connectivity in the area and see a boost in the local economy.”

Councillor Jamie Macrae, chairman of Engine of the North, said: “The garden village at Handforth will be an exemplar new community, offering a full range of housing types including starter homes, self-build opportunities, mixed house types and homes for older people, making living in the village accessible for all.

“The village heart will provide space for new businesses, shops and cafes, alongside a village hall, community facilities and a village green.

“Improved transport and sustainable green links will connect the village to the surrounding area. Around 40 per cent of the site will be open space for all to enjoy, including a country park, garden squares and leisure facilities.”

Public consultation on a draft planning document will be launched by the council in 2018, prior to it being adopted by the authority.