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New homes to be supported by Housing Zone funding

Words: Laura Edgar

Housing Zones have today received £6.3 million in funding aimed at “kick-starting” work to build “tens of thousands” of new homes as part of the government’s ambition to deliver a million homes by 2020.

The funding will, the government says, be distributed to help revive brownfield sites across the country and speed up work to deliver thousands of homes.

The areas recieving funding are:

Slyfield Area Regeneration, Guilford Borough Council - £600,000

Elstree Way Corridor, Hertsmere Borough Council - £277,000

Thurrock, Thurrock Council - £700,000

Gedling Colliery, Gedling Borough Council - £150,000

Greater Gainsborough, West Lindsey District Council - £165,000

Stoke City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent City Council - £240,000

Derby City, Derby City Council - £213,616

Exemplar Neighbourhood, Gateshead Council - £220,000

York Central, City of York Council - £365,000

Aire River, Wakefield Council - £261,000

Preston, Preston City Council - £165,000

Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset Council - £700,000

Whitehill & Bordon, East Hampshire District Council, £124,116

Gloucester City, Gloucester City Council - £300,000

Foxhill, Bath & North East Somerset Council - £313,000

Hinkley, Sedgemoor District Council - £100,000

South Bristol, Bristol City Council - £300,000

Ashchurch, Tewkesbury Borough Council - £330,000

Poole Powerstation, Poole Borough Council - £30,000

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “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 under way, which will lead to new homes and more security for aspiring homeowners.”

This funding follows an announcement on 4 January of a £1.2 billion fund for starter homes to prepare brownfield sites for at least 30,000 new homes.

Councils will receive the majority of the Housing Zone funding to help with work in 19 out of 20 flagship zones, says the government.

The zones are a “new approach to getting new homes built easily and quickly”, and will see council work in partnership with private developers.

In addition, added the government, it is committed to working with an additional eight short-listed potential zones that could deliver 45,000 new homes.

In total, £5,553,732 will be distributed to the councils, while the remaining £740,000 from the fund will be used to provide specialist technical support to the zones, the government explained.