HOMES England has agreed a funding package of £38.2 million with six councils to speed up the delivery of 2,072 homes across the country.
In the North, Hull City Council receives £362,355 for 121 homes, while Cheshire West & Chester Council is allocated £14.7 million for 737 homes across five sites.
“Our extensive housing regeneration programme is transforming neighbourhoods across the city,” said Councillor John Black, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for housing.
“With our citywide development partners, we have facilitated more than 675 new homes already and, as a council, built 425 new homes for affordable rent. This acceleration funding enables us to continue our ambitious programme, including tackling challenging sites.”
The remaining funds are split between North Somerset Council (£11.3 million for 522 homes); Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council (£4.3 million for 444 homes); Bristol City Council (£577,065 for 50 homes); and Hastings Borough Council (£6.9 million for 198 homes).
The funding is provided through the Government’s £350 million Local Authority Accelerate Construction (LAAC) programme, which was launched to help unlock public land and increase the speed of delivery for local authority housing schemes.
“This funding will enable local authorities to prepare their sites for development and to bring forward the construction of homes,” said Stephen Kinsella, Homes England’s chief land and development officer. “New homes will then be built out at pace using modern methods of construction.”
Under the programme, local authorities awarded funding are encouraged to use both local SMEs and modern methods of construction (MMC) on their sites.