Garden Communities Assessors for Homes England

Posted on February 20, 2019

Homes England have appointed AspinallVerdi as sole advisor on a national commission to help assess bids to join the Garden Communities programme.

The Garden Communities programme is being led by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) with Homes England and contributes to the ambition of delivering 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020’s.

The programme renews the principles originally set out by Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities Movement at the turn of the 20th Century in respect of focusing on the quality as well as quantity of major new development schemes. 23 garden towns and villages form part of the current programme with the combined potential to provide almost 200,000 new homes across the country. 

In August 2018, the MHCLG invited bids for additional new garden towns and villages to join the programme. The aim is for local authorities and their private sector partners to design and deliver high quality, ambitious, locally supported, proposals for new garden communities at scale.

Circa 100 bids were submitted for new garden towns and villages distributed all across England. 

AspinallVerdi’s role is to support Homes England in assessing the deliverability of the bids.    

Ben Aspinall, Managing Director said, ‘we are delighted to be involved in such a high profile and prestigious project for Homes England.  We are working to a tight programme to assess all of the submissions and our ability to deliver is testament to the scale and depth of knowledge our consultant team has across our offices.’

 Fionnuala Lennon, Garden Communities Lead for Homes England, said, ‘we are pleased to be working with AspinallVerdi on this commission and welcome the expertise they bring to the process.’