Aylesbury’s ambition to become a Garden Town was given a boost in the Chancellor’s March 11 Budget through a £170 million infrastructure grant to the county.

The money, from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, was bid for a year ago by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC), Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.

BCC leader Cllr Martin Tett said: “This is fantastic news. The funding will do a great deal to provide the necessary infrastructure for the growth envisioned in the Aylesbury area, and will help the new Buckinghamshire Council and its partners realise the aspirations for the development of Aylesbury as a Garden Town.

“I’d particularly like to thank the officers of all our councils in Buckinghamshire who have worked so hard to ensure that this bid was accepted by Government, as well as our members and MPs, past and present, for their support.”

The council wants to accelerate the building of schools, provide energy supplies and build link roads.

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