Housing Minister has announced new funding to help speed up planning decisions and help deliver quality new homes
The first wave of the Planning Delivery Fund, totalling £15.8 million, has been awarded to enable councils to process more applications, implement new reforms and also train planners to tackle the housing challenges faced by their local area.
House and Planning Minister Dominic Raab said: “This cash boost ensures councils have the resources needed to make quicker decisions on planning applications, delivering quality housing at a fast 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.”
This first wave of funding has been split into 3 streams that will assist in delivering new homes across England: The Joint Working Fund (£9.4 million), Design Quality Fund (£4.82 million) and Promoting Innovation Fund (£1.07 million).
A total of 68 projects from Gateshead to Cornwall will receive funding across all 3 streams, from 2017 until 2019. This will help enable:
- Bath and North East Somerset Council to deliver a new master plan and implement an independent design review, receiving £310,000
- London Borough of Hackney to implement new planning applications manager software following an award of £212,000, which will increase the rate of application decisions made
- Dudley Metropolitan borough council to bring forward a second Black Country Joint Core Strategy, which will receive £570,000 and support the development needs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton
- The Greater Manchester Combined Authority to deliver a new Place Team, create new Mayoral Development Corporations and provide additional resource to deliver investment and will receive £950,000