Government details plans for 25,000 new homes

The government has allocated £250m to deliver 25,000 new homes and the infrastructure to support them around England.

A total of £157m will go towards housing developments in Devon and Cumbria.

In the former, £55m will be spent on road improvements and additional infrastructure developments, creating 2,500 homes in the south west of Exeter.

In Cumbria, the money will go towards a new motorway link between South Carlisle and the M6, which the government says will unlock up to 10,000 new homes at St Cuthbert’s Garden Village.

The capital will receive £78m for 1,500 new build homes in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Two new neighbourhoods will be constructed, named East Wick and Sweetwater.

The first phase which will include 130 new affordable homes and 105 for private rental, as well as more than 33,000 square feet of business and creative space by 2021.

The remaining work on East Wick and Sweetwater is planned to be completed by 2028.

On this, housing minister Kit Malthouse MP says: “We have not built enough homes in the capital over the last 30 years, and it’s ordinary Londoners who are paying the price.

“Brick-by-brick we are turning that around and this investment in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will help get more than 1,500 properties built.”

Furthermore, up to 650 new homes will be built on sites in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield using modern methods of construction.

This project will receive £10.6m in funding, with work expected to begin on the first site in Hatfield in June 2019.

The government has also reached an agreement with the Ministry of Defence to build over 10,000 new properties on seven sites of land released by the MoD.

The communities secretary James Brokenshire MP comments: “We delivered 222,000 homes last year which is the highest number in a decade, but we must keep upping our game.

“We are invoking the spirit of Britain’s post-war push to build as we strive to hit our target of 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.

“By investing in infrastructure, freeing up public sector land and offering targeted loans we are making the housing market work.”

Defence People and Veterans minister Tobias Ellwood adds: “As we work to make our military bases more modern and efficient, it’s important that former MoD land is used in a way which serves local residents and the economy.

“This new partnership underlines our commitment to helping housebuilding in this country and will provide good value for money to taxpayers.”

On 13 February the government announced £9m of funding for new garden towns and villages across the UK.


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