COUNCILS in the North of England have been allocated around £7 million to help them prepare the ground for hundreds of new homes.
The funding has been secured as part of a deal with Homes England that is expected to kickstart the development of 4,000 homes across England.
All told, £55 million has been split between 12 local authorities across England. The money has been awarded through the Government’s £450 million Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme.
Here in the North of England, Gateshead Council has been awarded £1.8 million to help deliver 191 new homes; Newcastle council receives £2.4 million for 171 homes; City of York council is allocated £1.5 million for 162 homes; and Pendle council is getting £1.1 million for 200 homes.
The LAAC programme supports local authorities with a range of work required to prepare their sites for the development of new homes, such as infrastructure enabling works, planning and technical expertise and site remediation.
It prioritises the use of modern methods of construction, which is said will increase the pace of delivery across the developments by an average of 40%.
“We haven’t built enough homes in this country for far too long – and our accelerated construction programme is here to change that, and fast,” said housing minister, Kit Malthouse MP
“This £55 million funding boost will help councils get 4,000 new homes built across the country using the latest modern methods that cut down on construction time.
“We must keep building more, better, faster to meet our ambition to building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”
Stephen Kinsella, executive director for land at Homes England, added: “This funding will enable local authorities to accelerate housing delivery by enabling them to prepare sites for development and bring forward the construction of new homes incorporating modern methods of construction.”