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Clegg wants 'three new garden cities' in the south east

Three new garden cities will be built, each with a minimum 15,000 homes, according to the Deputy Prime Minister. Nick Clegg is expected to announce plans to free up £2.4bn in funding for the cities at his monthly press conference later today.

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Clegg to announce funds for 'three new garden cities'

Up to three new garden cities with at least 15,000 homes each will be built to tackle Britain's chronic housing shortage, Nick Clegg will say today.

Any developments must have full backing from the local council, the Government said. Credit: PA

The Deputy Prime Minister will issue a "call to arms for visionaries" to put forward radical plans to help first time buyers onto the housing market as he announces the publication of a prospectus inviting bids from councils.

The Lib Dem leader is expected to announce £2.4bn in funding from an existing pot which will be made available for housing developments up until 2020.

Officials were keen to stress that the new cities would not be imposed on communities and must have local support and full backing from councils.

The winning locations will be commercially viable and have good transport links.

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