Garden Community

Investigating the Opportunity for a New Garden Community in Hart

Government’s Garden Communities Programme

In November 2018 Hart District Council submitted a bid for funding to central government to create a Garden Village.

On Thursday 27 June 2019 the council was notified that it has been successful in its bid to join the Government’s Garden Communities programme and receive £150,000 in this first year.

Speaking about the funding, Cllr David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “We welcome this announcement as it is an encouraging step forward to work with our local communities to create a new village in Hart that addresses future needs.  

“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.” 

Please see the Garden Community press release.

If you would like a copy of the Council's bid, please email communications@hart.gov.uk

In September 2020, the Council submitted a bid for Garden Communities Capacity Funding. You can review the Council's bid here: Garden Communities Capacity Funding Bidding Form and Appendix 1, Appendix 2 and Appendix 3. The Council is awaiting a decision regarding the capacity funding bid.

Next steps

On Tuesday 17 September 2019 a report on the Garden Community programme was considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. You can view the Garden Community report here.

Subsequent reports were also considered by the Council's Cabinet. You can view the relevant reports here: Cabinet Report - 7 November 2019 and Cabinet Report - 2 January 2020

In accordance with the agreed governance, the first Shapley Heath Garden Community Opportunity Board was held on the 17 February 2020. You can view the relevant reports here: Garden Community Agenda and Papers and Garden Community Draft Minutes.

Stakeholder Forum

Hart District Council held its first stakeholder forum on Thursday 14 January 2021 to explore the opportunity of a garden community in Hart. Renowned garden communities’ expert and former government advisor, Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, delivered a presentation outlining the benefits of garden communities at a local and national level. 

In November 2019 and January 2020, the Council’s cabinet approved setting up the stakeholder forum to consult and engage with a wide range of interest groups throughout the investigation of a new garden community. Interest groups will include community stakeholders, the business sector, public sector and third sector organisations. The Stakeholder Forum will also oversee community-wide engagement; ensuring innovative approaches to reach unheard voices. It will offer local insight to the Shapley Heath Garden Community Opportunity Board.

Link to Stakeholder Forum Consultation Privacy Notice.

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