Ambitious plans to unlock land for 17,000 homes in Derby, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire have moved a step closer.

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has announced today that 44 new areas across England have been shortlisted for a slice of £4.1 billion in Housing Infrastructure funding to provide vital infrastructure like roads, bridges and new schools needed by new communities, linked to new HS2 growth zones.

For the cities and counties involved, that could mean funding of up to £100m for a network of garden villages, centered around the HS2 Hub in Toton.

The development of a network of mixed use ‘garden villages’ is a key element of the huge economic and quality of life benefits that could be realised by the arrival of HS2 in the East Midlands.

Areas of development include Infinity Garden Village, Celanese Urban Village, Toton Innovation Campus, the former Stanton Ironworks, Chetwynd Barracks, Chesterfield and Staveley Corridor.

According to the East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, by targeting key sectors that can benefit from HS2 connectivity –  in particular manufacturing, technology and high value services –  HS2 can help deliver an additional 74,000 jobs and almost £4 billion of GVA by 2043 in the region, as well as the 17,000 houses that this funding can deliver.

Councillor Fareed Hussain, Cabinet Member for Housing and Urban Renewal said:

“I am thrilled that Derby is part of this HS2-centred Housing Infrastructure bid. The East Midlands has huge potential, and being shortlisted is yet another example of our strong commitment to partnership working paying dividends.

“Infinity Garden Village would have a huge, and extremely positive impact on both housing and employment benefits across the city – especially at nearby Infinity Park Derby. I’m certain also that the development of Celanese Urban Village would be a catalyst for regeneration of the Spondon area, and indeed the entire HS2 route.”

 

Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the Economy added:

“Infinity Garden Village and Celanese Urban Village are two key regeneration and housing areas for the Council. Our officers have worked in close partnership with landowners and developers to bring these major sites forward, and I am delighted that these efforts are beginning to pay off.”

The bid has been led by Nottinghamshire County Council, on behalf of the region. Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said:

“We are proud to lead the Housing Infrastructure bid on behalf of the region and I am absolutely delighted that it has passed this very important hurdle, demonstrating that the Government shares our vision for the huge growth potential that exists in the East Midlands, particularly around HS2. The development of a network of mixed use ‘garden villages’ will help us attract and retain high quality jobs and talented people to complement our wider growth story.

“If the bid is successful, it has the potential to be one of the biggest single investments in housing and infrastructure ever made in the East Midlands and the D2N2 area.”

Matt Wheatley, Chief Executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“HS2 is about much more than transport, with the capacity to create significant business and housing opportunities.

“If successful the Housing Infrastructure Fund bid backed by local authority partners and D2N2, to support the ‘garden villages’ project linked to the East Midlands Rail Hub planned for Toton, will enable us to deliver on the ambitions set out in the East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy publication, published last autumn. It is funding which could truly transform the areas in which it is invested.”

Peter Gadsby of Ark Capital Limited added:

“This is a testament to the collaboration and hard work between Derby City Council, South Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire County Council together with the developers of Infinity Park and the landowners including Harpur Crewe Estate and Rolls Royce. This has been recognised by Homes England in awarding this first stage of housing infrastructure funding. There is no doubt that the Garden Village will deliver vital new homes and a game changing development stimulating the local economy and together with the proposed extension to Infinity Park will deliver several thousand new jobs.”

Further assessment of the bids will now take place, with Government officials working alongside the local bid team. A final decision is expected in the autumn.