Robert Jenrick – the housing secretary, has committed £1.3 billion in a bid to create 45,000 new homes, 85,000 jobs, together with upgraded skills and infrastructure as the government boasts plans to aid the green economy recovery from Covid-19.
Over 300 projects in England are set to receive a portion of the £900 million Getting Building Fund.
This fund was announced in June by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in an attempt to help kickstart “shovel-ready” housing and infrastructure projects.
Economically speaking, according to the government this investment is set to reduce CO2 emissions across England by around 65 million kilograms.
It has been revealed that a planning inspector’s decision to approve 350 dwellings in Thornbury, will be challenged by South Gloucestershire Council.
For outline permission, The Cleve Park application by Welbeck Strategic Land LLP additionally included a 70-unit elderly care facility, as well as 1,150 square metres of commercial community floorspace.
From the 350 dwellings, 35% were anticipated to be affordable with 14 self-build plots.
63% of UK councils say their affordable housing need is severe, per a report published by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).
A further 35% of the 141 councils that responded to a survey question said their need was moderate.
The report, (Delivering Affordable Homes in a Changing World), written and researched by the Town and Country Planning Association says that a shortage in investment in “genuine affordable housing” and “deregulation of planning” is limiting the local authorities capability in delivering the homes needed.