Northamptonshire councils given £1.1m housing boost

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Four councils in the county have been given £1.1m in funding to speed up house building and deliver thousands of new homes.

Housing minister MP Gavin Barwell announced today (Tuesday) that 98 local authorities will share a pot of £16.5m.

Of that £16.5m, £1.1m will be shared between Corby Council, East Northants Council, Kettering Counciland Wellingborough Council.

Gavin Barwell said: “To fix our broken housing market, we need to speed up building more homes in the places people want to live.

“Through this multi-million pound investment, we’re giving councils the tools they need to tackle delays and get builders on site much faster.”

Launched in November last year, the ‘capacity fund’ will equip councils with the resources to deliver large-scale housing projects and resolve planning issues that can delay builders getting on site.

The schemes could deliver up to 800,000 new homes nationwide and provide supporting infrastructure.

Capacity funding offers crucial investment for councils to obtain additional resources and expertise vital to the progress of these complex developments.

Across the country funding will be used on large sites of 1,500 units or more, and Housing Zones, which prioritise the development of brownfield land.

Developers are also able to apply for funding from the £3 billion Home Building Fund.

The Government’s funding announcement has been welcomed by Kettering Council leader Russell Roberts, who chairs the North Northamptonshire Joint Delivery Committee established to oversee progress on Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs).

He said: “This funding will allow the partner councils to strengthen their planning teams and to buy-in additional expertise to speed up the delivery of new homes and ensure that development is of the highest possible quality.

“We are one of the fastest growing areas in the country and will need ongoing support from the Government and its agencies while the SUEs are built out.

“This latest funding announcement shows that, as well as providing much needed local homes, jobs and infrastructure, the SUEs are important to the national growth agenda.”