THE UK GOVERNMENT HAS set aside £8 million to bring forward new housing developments in England that could boost construction and result in hundreds of thousands of new homes.
£1.9 million will be given to councils in England to support new neighbourhood plans, allowing communities to get involved and have their say on the types of homes that are built and where.
Another £6 million will be allocated to help new locally-led garden towns and villages progress plans to deliver up to 200,000 new homes.
The funding allocation builds on the government’s commitment to giving communities a voice on the development in their areas, including prioritising local brownfield land while protecting the green belt.
The cash injection will mean homes get built that otherwise would not. This is because it will be used for preparing environmental assessments and using the latest design techniques to develop areas people will be proud to be a part of.
Housing Minister Esther McVey MP said: “Communities have the local insight to decide what new homes should look like and the kind of infrastructure they need in their area.
“This is what neighbourhood planning is all about, so I’m pleased this funding will ensure that the right homes are built in the right places.
“I am also announcing extra cash to deliver new vibrant garden communities, which will help deliver tens of thousands of well-designed new homes for hardworking families.”