Garden Town Update, March 2018
The story so far
Aylesbury received Garden Town status from the government in January last year. It recognised the town as one of the key places for growth in the UK, with more than 16,000 new homes planned.
The project is being led by the Garden Town Team, with support from a wider delivery team, with representatives from Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC), Buckinghamshire County Council and the two Local Enterprise Partnerships (Buckinghamshire Thames Valley and South East Midlands) and Homes England in an advisory role.
So far, Aylesbury Garden Town has been awarded more than £10 million in grants from the government. This includes £9.5 million which was received last month to facilitate infrastructure projects, including part of the new Eastern Link Road, which will support the Woodlands development to the east of the town.
As we draw up the masterplan, one of our aims is to ensure that Aylesbury becomes a garden town that incorporates new ideas and technology. The delivery team have been speaking to representatives from some of the UK’s most forward-thinking cities, as well as digital analysts and renewable energy experts, to share their insight. Over the last few months we’ve hosted key strategists from Peterborough, which won the 2015 World’s Smart City Award and Milton Keynes Futures 2050, to hear what they’re doing to ensure their cities continue to grow and prosper. The innovations included rapid transport systems, methods of sustainable home building and futuristic waste disposal systems.
We’d love to hear what you’d like to see in Aylesbury Garden Town and this spring we’ll be holding a number of community sessions to give you the opportunity to share your ideas. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter so that we can keep you posted, @AylesburyGT
We’ll also be launching our Aylesbury Garden Town website very soon. You’ll be able to find it at www.aylesburygardentown.co.uk