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Milton Keynes development receives cash boost

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing minister Brandon Lewis has announced a £16.5 million cash boost to fast-forward the development of 1,600 new homes at Newton Leys in Milton Keynes.

The Taylor Wimpey development was granted planning permission in 2006 but progress on the brownfield site has stalled.

The cash injection aims to speed up progress on site, which will provide both new homes and a community including the building of a new primary school, a park, a hotel and leisure amenities.

The announcement is the latest allocation of funding under the Local Infrastructure Fund, which targets schemes that could provide a community with real benefits.

Lewis said: “I am pleased to announce a £16.5 million cash boost to Milton Keynes to fast forward development at Newtown Leys, a site which will not only provide over 1,600 new homes for families, but also create jobs and help establish a local community built around the amenities and space that local people want.”

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart added: “It is important that, as well as the extra houses we need to meet demand in Milton Keynes, we have the local amenities in place which are necessary for a new community to thrive.

The Local Infrastructure Fund targets schemes that could deliver real benefits to their communities but are struggling to move forward. So far, some 85,000 homes have been unlocked through the scheme.