Clegg promotes compensation for garden city homes

Homeowners could be compensated if the value of their property falls when new garden cities are built.

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Clegg's compensation plans for "garden city homes"

Homeowners could be compensated by the state if the value of their property falls as a result of the building of new garden cities, to encourage them to accept a development in their area, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

Mr Clegg suggested that affected households could receive council tax rebates during the construction period, or may be able to sell their homes to the state at guaranteed prices.

The Deputy Prime Minister announced plans in April for a new generation of garden cities to ease the demand for housing in the south of England. It is expected that up to three cities of at least 15,000 homes will be built in the South East, though no locations have yet been selected.

Mr Clegg promised that ministers would "go the extra mile to allay those concerns of people who feel that their property or the price of their home might be affected", adding: "We don't want people to lose out."

Publishing the Government's Garden Cities Prospectus in April, the DPM said there was an "arc of prosperity" stretching from Oxford to Cambridge where many people wanted to live but were unable to find or afford houses.

He highlighted Bicester in Oxfordshire as one area that had expressed interest in a large-scale development, although he did not say whether it would be a new garden city.

Ebbsfleet in Kent has also been earmarked and a major development is planned for Kennet Meadows near Reading.

A controversial development is planned at Kennet Meadows in Berkshire Credit: Meridian
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