Northumberland County Council has been awarded a grant of £75,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to support the development of the Dissington Garden Village project.

The scheme, which was approved in principle during March by the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee, has been allocated the grant from the HCA’s Capacity Fund to assist with the design thinking and delivery strategy for the new community proposed on the Dissington Estate, just north of Ponteland.

In making the award, the HCA highlighted that there was much interest in the success of the programme in delivering Garden Villages that are great places to live.

In addition, the HCA has offered the Council further technical and ‘critical friend’ support as well as an invitation to join the national Garden Villages Forum to share good practice in taking forward successful Garden Villages.

In accepting the support, Steven Mason, chief executive of Northumberland County Council said:  “We are delighted that this exceptional project has been recognised nationally and for the funds that will enable us to take forward the project to ensure the many benefits it will bring are delivered.

“Northumberland is committed to securing jobs, growth and new homes and the Garden Village proposed at Dissington will not only support these aims but will also be to the highest design quality standards.

“The allocation of these funds is a clear vote of confidence in our shared ambitions to make Dissington Garden Village a great place and a flagship project for the North East.’’

The project is being developed in partnership with North-East based property company Lugano Developments, owners of the Dissington Estate. Company Chairman, Richard Robson added:  “This is a very positive step forward for the project and we are thrilled that the scheme has been recognised nationally as worthy of support.

“It is an excellent example of a public/private sector partnership that will result in a new village community that Northumberland can be proud of and which delivers not only an exceptional place to live, but very significant infrastructure improvements that will benefit the wider area.

“We will continue to work closely with the Council and our key partners, including the Prince’s Foundation, to bring the scheme to successful fruition.”