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Funding agreed with councils to speed up homes development

by Suruchi Sharma Thu 7th November 2019, 10:21 am

Government housing agency Homes England has agreed funding deals with six councils to speed up the construction of more than 2,000 homes across the country.

It has agreed deals worth £38.2m with local authorities including Bristol City Council; North Somerset Council; Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council; Hastings Borough Council; Hull City Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The deals for the creation of 2,072 homes were awarded through the Government’s £450m Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme.

The funding will be used by the local authorities to invest in infrastructure and enabling works to get 13 sites ready for the development of new homes.

The authorities being awarded funding are encouraged to use both SMEs from the area, and modern methods of construction (MMC) – including factory fabricated components and 3D modular construction.

North Somerset Council will benefit from LAAC funding of £9.8m for Locking Parklands, in Weston-Super-Mare, to help with the construction of 425 new homes, where at least 30 per cent will be affordable.  

More than £4.5m of funding will also be given to a site in Winsford, Cheshire, for 310 homes, including a 60-home extra care scheme.

Stephen Kinsella, chief land and development officer at Homes England, said: “This funding will enable local authorities to prepare their sites for development and to bring forward the construction of homes. New homes will then be built out at pace using modern methods of construction.”

Councils interested in learning about the Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme can email: AcceleratedConstruction@homesengland.gov.uk

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