Almost £6.3 million is being distributed to help redevelop brownfield sites across the country and build thousands of homes for hardworking families and first-time buyers.
The funding, which comes on top of a £1.2 billion Starter Home Fund aimed at preparing brownfield sites for at least 30,000 new homes, will be used to accelerate work and allow homes to be delivered more quickly.
The lion’s share of the money will go to councils to help with work in 19 of the 20 flagship Housing Zones, which are a new approach to getting new homes built easily and quickly.
The 20 Housing Zones, which will be spread across the country, will see councils collaborate with private developers to build thousands of new homes on brownfield land.
In addition, the government has committed to working with an additional eight short-listed potential Zones.
These projects have the potential to build 45,000 new homes.
“Housing Zones offer enormous potential to use brownfield land for new homes, which is why this government is determined to get them built out as soon as possible,” said Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.
“This funding will be critical in getting work started, which will lead to new homes and increased security for aspiring homeowners.”
“Britain is building again with the number of new homes up 25 percent in the past year and these zones will play an important part in giving an extra million people the chance to achieve their dream of home ownership.”
“Housebuilding rates have been increasing at the steepest rates in decades, with additional supply reaching 171,000 last year,” said Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation. We do, however, appreciate the fact that the government is clearly prioritising housing supply rates, particularly in terms of streamlining the process of building homes on public sector land.
“Allowing smaller builders to access publicly-owned sites is a welcome move that must be part of wider set of measures to assist SME builders and get more ‘players on the pitch.”
“If we are to increase output further, we must increase the amount of developable land with planning permission.” Moving public land forward more quickly has long been a priority for successive governments, so concrete steps to accomplish this are welcome.
“Direct commissioning will be successful only if it accelerates the release of public-sector land and results in more house construction than would have occurred using more traditional methods of public-sector land disposal.”
“A lower-risk model may enable larger builders to increase output even further, while also allowing smaller house builders to increase output.” Both have an important role to play. It’s not an either-or situation.”