Successful £3m stalled sites fund bidders announced

A £3 million government fund to kickstart stalled housing schemes will be shared across 60 local authority applicants, with a consortium in Hampshire in line to collect the largest allocation, the housing and planning minister has announced.

New homes: fund aimed at delivering stalled schemes
New homes: fund aimed at delivering stalled schemes

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said the Site Delivery Fund funding pot would help deliver up to 25,000 new homes on sites that have planning permission, but "remain caught up in red tape".

The fund was announced in June and opened for bids in July. A bid document issued in July said that hindrances to development could include the time required to deal with applications for reserved matters consent, complete section 106 agreements and discharge planning conditions.

Applications for related consents, such as wildlife licensing and environmental permits, could also be a cause of delay, it said.

DCLG said that the successful councils had demonstrated how the support would help them to tackle planning barriers and accelerate delivery.

A joint bid by Hart District Council, Havant Borough Council, East Hants District Council will be awarded the largest chunk of funding, with the authorities in line to collectively receive £120,000 for 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Breckland Council and South Holland Council are also set to receive £100,000 over the same period, while joint bidders Corby Borough Council, East Northamptonshire Council, Kettering Borough Council, Wellingborough Borough Council will receive £96,000.

The majority of councils will receive around £50,000 for 2014/15 and 2015/16, although two bidders – the Royal Borough of Greenwich and St. Helens Council – will each receive £36,000.

Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis said: "Today’s £3 million 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 on site and get work underway quickly, providing families with new homes and boosting local businesses and jobs."

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