In 2017 the government gave the go-ahead to 14 new garden villages across the country, offering the potential to deliver 200,000 homes.
Amongst this first wave of garden villages given the green light is Longcross, a dispersed village across a woodland and farmland area of Green Belt between Virginia Water, Chertsey and Chobham.
Under the government proposals, garden villages will become their own defined communities with all necessary facilities and amenities, instead of being extensions to existing urban areas.
The former Defence Evaluation and Research Agency site near Chertsey has been subject to much discussion over the years, with planning permission for 108 new homes in the green belt, outline planning permission for office use, a data centre and 200 homes given for the north of the site, in 2014.
A total of of £6 million will fund the new villages over the next two financial years. The government claims the new settlements have the potential to provide almost 200,000 new homes across the country.
Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell said: “Locally-led garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need”.
“New communities not only deliver homes, they also bring new jobs and facilities and a big boost to local economies. These places combined could provide almost 200,000 homes.”