Cash is made available for new homes

Councils in the north of the county are set to receive a central Government boost worth tens of thousands of pounds to fund the building of new homes
Councils in the north of the county are set to receive a central Government boost worth tens of thousands of pounds to fund the building of new homes
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Councils in the north of the county are set to receive a central Government boost worth tens of thousands of pounds to fund the building of new homes.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced it was giving a £96,000 grant jointly to Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants councils.

There was also a separate £40,000 cash injection for Wellingborough council.

In total, £3m has been awarded to local authorities across England.

A Government spokesman said the money had been allocated on the basis of specific bids by the councils, although it would not be earmarked for particular housing projects.

However, the cash aims to encourage development on sites which have already been given planning permission but which have been caught up in red tape.

Housing minister Brandon Lewis said: “Our work to reform the planning system and get Britain building has already cleared the way to build almost half a million new homes since 2010, and seen planning permission granted on 230,000 homes in the past 12 months alone.

“Today’s £3m will be a boost to sites that have the green light for development but are being held back by red tape.

“The money will help councils clear the way for builders to get work under way quickly, providing families with new homes and boosting local businesses and jobs.”