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£15.8m Fund Announced to Speed Up Planning Applications

Money to support construction of new homes by supporting councils and local authorities

UK Construction Fund Planning Applications

Housing Minister Dominic Raab has revealed the first phase of the Planning Delivery Fund, a financial incentive announced last year to enable councils to process more planning applications and execute new reforms.

The money, totalling £15.8m, will also support local authorities on key joint local plans and strategies, in order to involve local residents in the planning of future developments and highlight suitable locations for homes in high demand areas.

Using the funding boost, local authorities will have access to pioneering design and town planning, resulting in higher quality new homes.

This first wave has been divided into three funds in order to deliver a total of 68 projects across a variety of councils and local authorities by 2019.

Interest in the funding has been significant, with nearly 400 bids made before the January 11th deadline. A further round of bidding will occur at a later date, with the funds to be delivered between 2019 and 2020.

The Housing Minister said: “This cash boost ensures councils have the resources needed to make quicker decisions on planning applications, delivering quality housing at a faster rate.

“It’s part of our strategy to build the homes this country needs whilst also supporting residents to have their say on the kind of development that takes place in their area.”

Housing is high on the Government’s agenda, with Housing Secretary Sajid Javid announcing the start of a consultation into the effectiveness of the current ombudsman services.

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