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24/10/2019

Six councils to get share of £38m in funding for homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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Homes England has agreed on a £38.2 million funding deal with six councils in a bid to speed up the construction of at least 2,072 homes.

The money comes from the government’s £350 million Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme, which aims to unlock public land to speed up delivery for local authority housing schemes.  

Local authorities will be able to invest in infrastructure and enabling works to get 13 sites ready for the development of new homes.

Those that receive funding are encouraged, Homes England explained, to use both local SMEs and modern methods of construction (MMC) – from factory fabricated components to 3D modular construction – on their sites. This is a government commitment to invest in infrastructure and widen the use of smaller builders on publicly owned land.   

The councils involved are:

  • North Somerset Council: £11,344,785 – three sites – 522 homes
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council: £4,303,500 – two sites – 444 homes
  • Bristol City Council: £577,065 – one site – 50 homes
  • Hastings Borough Council: £6,970,181 – one site – 198 homes
  • Hull City Council: £362,355 – one site – 121 homes
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council: £14,677,800 – five sites – 737 homes

Stephen Kinsella, chief land and development officer at Homes England, said: “This funding will enable local authorities to prepare their sites for development and to bring forward the construction of homes. New homes will then be built out at pace using modern methods of construction.”

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