Millions of pounds handed over to councils for new homes in UK

Housing Zones around the UK are now receiving funding that the government says will kick start work to build tens of thousands of new homes.

Nearly £6.3 million is being distributed to help revive brownfield sites across the country which comes on top of a £1.2 billion Starter Home Fund designed to prepare brownfield sites for at least 30,000 new homes.

The funds will be used to speed up work, enabling homes to be delivered quickly and most of it will go to councils to help with work in 19 out of the 20 flagship Housing Zones, which are described as a new approach to getting new homes built easily and quickly.

The 20 Housing Zones, spread across the country, will see councils working in partnership with private developers to deliver the new homes on brownfield land. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis also said that the government is also committing to work with an additional eight short listed potential Zones and together these have the potential to deliver 45,000 new homes.

‘Housing Zones offer enormous potential to use brownfield land for new homes which is why this government is determined to get them built out as soon as possible. This funding will play an important part in getting work underway which will lead to new homes and more security for aspiring home owners,’ he explained.

‘Britain is building again with the number of new homes up 25% in the past year and these zones will play an important part in giving an extra million people the chance to achieve their dream of home ownership,’ he added.

The funding includes £600,000 in Guildford, £27,000 in Hertsmere, £700,000 in Thurrock, £150,000 in Gedling, £165,000 in Greater Gainsborough, £240,000 in Stoke city centre, £213,616 in Derby and £220,000 in Gateshead.

There is also £365,000 in York, £261,000 in Wakefield, £165,000 in Preston, £700,000 in Weston-Super-Mare, £124,116 in East Hampshire, £300,000 in Gloucester, £313,000 in Bath and North East Somerset, £100,000 in Hinkley, £300,000 in Bristol, £330,000 in Tewkesbury and £30,000 in Poole.

The remaining £740,000 from the fund will be used to provide specialist technical support to the Zones.

There will be further new developments coming in 2016 as part of the Housing and Planning Bill including a new legal duty on councils to guarantee the delivery of Starter Homes on all reasonably sized new development sites, and to promote the delivery of Starter Homes in their area.

Also there will be permission in principle for sites identified in plans and brownfield registers to give certainty around the sites that are suitable for housing, while protecting the green belt and planning reforms to support small builders requiring councils to ensure they have shovel ready plots to match the local demand for custom build.