19 December 2017
Media Release: Government funding to help deliver Garden Village at Handforth
Engine of the North, Cheshire East Council’s wholly owned strategic property company, has welcomed news that the authority has been awarded £188,000 of government funding towards the delivery of the Garden Village at Handforth.
The funding will be used to boost the resources and skills required to deliver high quality housing, whilst encouraging innovative and sustainable design.
The Garden Village at Handforth project, being managed by Engine of the North, has previously received £228,000 by the Homes and Communities Agency.
Councillor Jamie Macrae, Engine of the North’s Chairman 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 village green.
“Improved transport and sustainable green links will connect the village to the surrounding area. Around 40 percent of the site will be open space for all to enjoy, including a country park, garden squares and leisure facilities.”
A Design Code is being prepared for the site, which will become a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and guide future development of The Garden Village, ensuring an exemplar and sustainable development.
Public consultation on the draft SPD will be launched by Cheshire East Council in 2018, prior to it being adopted by the authority.