Nearly £6.3 million is being distributed to help revive brownfield sites across the country and deliver thousands of homes for hard-working families and first-time buyers.
The funding, which comes on top of a £1.2 billion Starter Home Fund designed to prepare brownfield sites for at least 30,000 new homes, will be used to speed up work, enabling homes to be delivered quickly.
Councils will receive the lions’ share of the money to help with work in 19 out of the 20 flagship Housing Zones, which are a new approach to getting new homes built easily and quickly.
The 20 Housing Zones, spread across the country, will see councils working in partnership with private developers to deliver thousands of new homes on brownfield land.
On top of this, the government is also committing to work with an additional eight short listed potential Zones.
Together these have the potential to deliver 45,000 new homes.
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “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.
“This funding will play an important part in getting work underway which will lead to new homes and more security for aspiring homeowners.
“Britain is building again with the number of new homes up 25% 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.”
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation said: “Housebuilding rates have been increasing at the steepest rates for decades, with additional supply reaching 171,000 last year. But we welcome the fact that the Government is clearly prioritising housing supply rates, particularly with regard to 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.”
“Increasing the amount of developable land with planning permission is essential if we are to increase output further. Bringing forward public land more quickly has long been a priority for successive Governments, so concrete measures to achieve this are welcome.
“Direct commissioning will only be successful if it speeds up the release of public sector land and results in more house building than would have happened using the more traditional methods of public-sector land disposal.
“A lower-risk model could allow larger builders to increase their output still further, while also enabling smaller house builders to increase output. Both have an essential role to play. It is not a question of either-or.”