Thursday, 6 April 2017

Capacity cash on its way to two Kent councils

Two Kent local authorities have managed to get their hands on part of a new £16.5 million pot of funding to support housebuilding.

Ashford and Maidstone borough councils have secured £130k and £75k respectively from the “capacity fund”, being split between 98 English local authorities, after 180 bids were received by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) late last year.

The aim of the fund is to help speed up delivery on large sites by providing extra resources to resolve planning issues and other delays.

It is hoped the cash could aid the building of up to 800,000 new homes on sites of 1,500-plus units and in priority Housing Zones.

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

DCLG has also allocated additional capacity funding of £3m for 14 new garden villages, which have the potential to provide more than 48,000 homes, including the proposed Otterpool Park in Shepway.

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