Clegg suggests making cash payments to householders over garden cities

Homeowners could be compensated if the value of their property falls when new garden cities are built, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has suggested.

Nick Clegg
Nick Clegg
Clegg told the BBC's Countryfile the government could buy homes blighted by developments or offer owners council tax cuts while building takes place.

Housing minister Brandon Lewis agreed with Clegg that the government's planning around garden cities should be "locally led" and "working with local communities".

The government has plans in place for three new developments with about 15,000 homes each. It is thought two of them are to be built in south-east England.

Clegg suggested the Government could offer full market price for a home that could lose value because of disruption caused by construction. He wants a shortlist for the locations of the three new communities published by the end of the year.

He said they would be "well-designed, support jobs, contain top-quality green space and services - the best of town and country in one place".

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