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New £18m housing fund unveiled as more zones and a Kent garden town are named

Published: Thursday, 17th November 2016

Barwell announces funding to speed up house building on large sites and provide thousands of new homes in garden towns...

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell has named six new housing zones and announced government funding of £750,000 and support for a new locally-led ‘garden town’ at Otterpool Park, Shepway in Kent designed to provide 12,000 new homes.

These initiatives came as the government unveiled a new £18m fund to speed up house building on large sites. Councils can bid for a share of this ‘capacity fund’ to tackle planning issues that can cause delay and prevent builders from getting on site and starting work quickly.

It will primarily be aimed at large sites of 1,500 units or more, and housing zones, which support the development of brownfield land. Ministers insisted that this fund will accelerate delivery of up to 800,000 homes and infrastructure across large sites in England.

The six new housing zones are:

  • Sheffield housing zone, South Yorkshire
  • North East Lincolnshire urban housing zone, with sites in Grimsby and Cleethorpes
  • Hoyland-Wombwell strategic housing zone, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • Sandwell housing zone, Sandwell, West Midlands
  • Pennine-Lancashire housing zone, with sites in Blackburn and Burnley and
  • Wirral Waters housing zone, Merseyside.

There are now more than 26 housing zones across the country which will help deliver 44,000 homes, with an additional 31 designated within London.

Read the press release.

Roger Milne