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Raab announces cash to speed up planning decisions

Words: Laura Edgar
Dominic Raab / Chris McAndrew

Housing minister Dominic Raab has announced that £15.8 million will go towards speeding up planning decisions to help to deliver new homes.

This is the first round of funding from the Planning Delivery Fund, which aims to enable councils to process more applications, implement new reforms and train planners to tackle housing challenges in their area.

Raab said: “This cash boost ensures councils have the resources needed to make quicker decisions on planning applications, delivering quality housing at a faster rate.

“It’s part of our strategy to build the homes this country needs while also supporting residents to have their say on the kind of development that takes place in their area.”

Councils, who had to bid for a share of the funding, will be supported in working together on ambitious new joint local plans and core strategies, engaging residents on how future development could take place as well as outlining the locations suitable for new homes where demand is high.

The funding has been split into three streams: the £9.4 million for the Joint Working Fund; £4.82 million for the Design Quality Fund; and £1.07 million for the Promoting Innovation Fund. In total, 68 projects will receive cash from the three funds until 2019.

Where the funding will go

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council will receive £310,000 to deliver a new masterplan and implement an independent design review.
  • £212,000 will go to the London Borough of Hackney so it can implement new planning applications manager software to increase the rate at which decisions are made.
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is set to £570,000 as it looks to bring forward a second Black Country Joint Core Strategy and support the development needs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
  • The Greater Manchester Combined Authority wants to deliver a new Place Team, create new Mayoral Development Corporations and provide additional resource to deliver investment, receiving £950,000 towards these plans.

The full list of successful projects can be found on the UK Government website (pdf).

Image credit | Chris McAndrew