What do garden villages mean for the UK housing sector

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  • 2 years ago

Soon, the UK will be home to at least 17 new garden towns and villages. These are settlements built on brownfield land away from established communities and are predicted by experts to significantly improve the state of the country’s housing industry, which is under considerable strain.

But what exactly are garden villages and how will they affect the British landscape and economy?

Garden villages: facts and figures

A garden village differs from a typical housing project in several ways. Firstly, a garden village consists of 1,500-10,000 houses that are all part of a single, self-contained community, which is often surrounded by a lot of green land. Secondly, they must be constructed away from a town or city, which means there is a lot of scope for garden villages to create their own identity. Each garden village has a different setup and usually, they have their own schools, shops and transport stations to boost their independence and self-reliance.

Due to the positive impact on the crisis-hit housing sector, the government appears fully supportive of garden villages. It plans to invest £6 million towards funding these 14 new garden villages, as well as a further £1.4 million to support three garden towns (similar to garden villages, only larger).

Where in the UK will the proposed garden villages be built?

When the planned garden villages are created, you can expect to see them throughout the UK, including: Derbyshire, Cornwall, Merseyside, Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Stratford-on-Avon, Lancaster, Hampshire, Essex, and Devon, among other destinations. Plans are also in place to build garden towns in Taunton, Aylesbury, and Harlow and Gilston, which are expected to provide an extra 200,000 homes.

Local impact of garden villages

Many in government and industry expect an overall positive outcome from the creation of garden villages. Despite opinions to the contrary, the growth of garden villages will not necessarily impact negatively on services like schools and medical practices. Garden villages are built with their own facilities, including schools and general practices, so they should instead cause the creation of more jobs and facilities in a district rather than put a strain on current services. Also, these building projects will likely supply Britain with more than 50,000 homes. Consequently, we should witness a rise in manual work and job opportunities in these regions, which will help to drive money to several parts of the UK.

Admittedly, the impact on transport may not be so favourable. More people living nearby usually means more people on roads and using public transport, which could have a negative effect on locals. However, this could be controlled if the garden village has its own transport links and roads for commuting in and out of the area.

Garden villages and the gardening industry

With a surge in new gardens and outdoor spaces — both private and communal — what does this mean for the gardening industry and its most popular products?

Outdoor illuminations

As more people buy homes with gardens, we’ll likely see an increase in people wanting to enjoy the outdoors at all times of the day. From hanging Chinese lanterns between deck posts to filling jam jars with twinkling LED fairy lights, illuminating your garden creatively is set to be a big trend for the sector.

Decked spaces

Another outdoor product set to upsurge is composite decking boards. Ideal for making your decked area safe and useable all year round, more garden villages mean a greater opportunity to make the outside like home.

Fake lawns and grassed areas

Of course, not everyone has the time or inclination to maintain a new garden. The rise of garden villages means a simultaneous increase of people receiving a garden they must look after. So, expect to see demands for artificial lawns go up as garden villages are built.

Hot tubs

This luxury item is a popular rental product already. However, an increase in garden village homes could bring on a rise in people treating their families to an outdoor hot tub. These are great additions to any private outdoor space, especially if you have a rural view of the surrounding countryside, which makes them perfect for garden village homeowners.

The outcome of the increase in garden villages is yet to be seen. However, many expect a positive effect on first-time buyers, communities and the entire UK economy.