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Government gives £25m to help local authority housebuilding

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The Government has launched a £25m fund to help local authorities deliver new homes.
 Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma today opened the Planning Delivery Fund.
The Government has opened up £11m of the cash at first to help local councils deliver quality homes.
A DCLG statement says: “The fund is aimed at encouraging more innovation in the design quality of new housing developments, as well as providing design advice and support to local authorities.”
The department has also earmarked a further £3m to help deliver the 14 garden villages it has already announced.
The Government has also published a consultation to allow the creation of New Town Development Corporations to help speed up the delivery of new garden towns.
These bodies would be overseen by local councils, rather than by Whitehall.
These were first mooted in the Government’s housing white paper in February.
Sharma says: “Locally-led developments have enormous potential to deliver the scale and quality of housing growth that we need. By supporting our local authorities, we will be able to unlock more homes where people want to live.
“These measures include £25 million of government support that will help to develop new communities and deliver high-quality, well-designed homes. This package will also bring new jobs and facilities, and boost local economies.”

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