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Woking and Truro to receive infrastructure funding

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced a £142 million investment in infrastructure to aid the delivery of homes in Woking and Truro.

The money, which comes from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, will be spent on widening bridges, building roads and connecting utilities.

Malthouse said: “For decades, governments of all stripes and types have not built enough new homes but we are turning that around, brick by brick.

“We are driving to create homes, opportunities and thriving communities – and this £142 million investment will mean we can build more of the properties our country so badly needs.

“We need to keep upping our game and build more, better, faster, if we are to meet our ambition to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”

Money is allocated to local authorities after a competitive funding allocation process.

In Woking, Surrey, £95 million will go towards widening the Victoria Arch Bridge, road improvements, buying land and connecting utilities to unlock land to develop 4,500 homes. Surrey County Council is undertaking the project.

David Bittleston, leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “By working in partnership with Surrey County Council and other key stakeholders, we can now deliver significant improvements to the local road and rail infrastructure, whilst supporting the continued growth of Woking.”

Truro in Cornwall will receive £47 million for a new northern access road, connecting sites from the A390 in the west to the Royal Cornwall Hospital and an employment hub in the east.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for housing Andrew Mitchell said: “Building homes for local people is a key priority of this council. We have already agreed to invest to bring forward and coordinate a high quality housing scheme to establish a community rather than a series of housing estates. This government funding announcement means that the proposed council intervention to provide access to kick start house building is a step closer.

“We want to reduce reliance on the car in support of our climate change commitments, so the new route will provide walking and cycling along its entire length. The funding will help us integrate the route with our wider ambition for cycle routes from the north coast into Truro.”

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