THE Government has granted a North East council £16 million for infrastructure improvements that will support the construction of thousands of new homes.
Newcastle City Council will use the money to build roads, junctions and a school enabling the council to work with developers to bring sites to the market.
All told, the money from the Housing Infrastructure Fund is expected to aid the construction of 5,282 homes across the city.
“We are committed to working together with ambitious councils and helping them deliver the homes this country so desperately needs,” said housing minister, Kit Malthouse MP.
“We are delighted to be supporting 94 infrastructure projects across the land which will kick-start property development.
“This is all part of our drive to build 300,000 homes each year, and ensure we have enough housing in areas where it is most needed.”
As part of a competitive process, the city council submitted four bids and was successful in three. The money will pay for infrastructure improvements at:
- Newcastle Helix, supporting the construction of 398 homes (pictured)
- Ouseburn Mouth, supporting the construction of 221 homes
- Outer West (Newbiggin Hall, Callerton and Kenton Bank Foot), supporting the construction of 4,265 homes
“We are delighted to have been successful in bidding for this money from Government,” said Michelle Percy, the city council’s acting director of place.
“It will be used at sites being held back for housing to pay for new infrastructure such as roads and schools that enables the construction of new homes in areas of greatest housing demand.
“We expect to start putting the infrastructure in place later this year, so the homes can follow at pace.”