Homes England awards councils £38 million to unlock sites for 2,000 homes

The government's housing agency has announced the agreement of funding deals worth £38.2 million with six councils to speed up the delivery of at least 2,072 homes across the country.

Housing delivery: government funding announced
Housing delivery: government funding announced

The deals are the latest to be awarded through Homes England's Local Authority Accelerated Construction programme.

The programme opened for bids in January 2017 and is intended to support projects that use modern methods of construction such as prefabrication.

The funding will be used by local authorities to invest in infrastructure and enabling works to support the delivery of 13 sites.

Beneficiaries of the funding include North Somerset Council, where the authority will receive £11.3 million of funding for infrastructure to bring forward three sites, including 425 new homes at Locking Parklands in Weston-super-Mare.

Cheshire West and Chester will receive £14.6 million for the construction of five sites including 310 homes and a 60-home extra care scheme in Winsford.

Other authorities receiving funding are:

  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council - £4.3 million for two sites
  • Hastings - £6.9 million for one site
  • Bristol City Council - £577,065 for one site
  • Hull City Council - £362,355 for one site

"The funding will enable local authorities to prepare their sites for development and to bring forward the construction of homes," said Stephen Kinsella, chief land and development officer at Homes England.

"New homes will then be built out at pace using modern methods of construction."


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