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|Published||31 March 2010|
Housing Minister John Healey has today outlined how the power of Government investment has helped keep Britain building in the teeth of recession, safeguarding jobs and delivering the new homes the country needs.
Today, he announced a total of £263 million additional funding for new affordable homes and to kickstart stalled developments, and announced that three new publicly-owned sites are to be made available for housebuilding under the Public Land Initiative.
He also confirmed every one of the 141 stalled housebuilding sites in the first round of the Government's Kickstart funding have workers back on site building over 10,000 new homes.
Since June, he has given the go-ahead for £4.2billion Government investment for councils, housing associations and private developers to build over 75,000 much-needed new homes across the country.
This cash injection will create and safeguard 88,000 new jobs and 3,000 apprenticeships. But Mr Healey requires all organisations receiving Government funding to provide local jobs and apprenticeships, meaning that even more employment opportunities are in the pipeline.
Every region has benefited from this Government cash boost for housing during the recession.
John Healey said:
"From Barnsley to Brighton, the power of Government investment has meant that in the teeth of recession, we have kept Britain building. That's why today I can confirm I've given the go-ahead for £263million to create and safeguard 5,500 jobs, build much-needed new homes and help strengthen the economic recovery.
"We've been ready to take unprecedented Government steps to help the country through the recession and today's extra funding takes total Government housing cash to £4.2billion since June. This investment will now help economic recovery in every region of the country.
"This public investment has been a vital boost to jobs and housebuilding during the recession, and it's equally important to economic growth in the future. We can't cut our way into economic recovery over the coming year - we must invest in building the new homes that people need."
Through the £4.2billion funding boost Mr Healey has launched the biggest council house building programme for nearly two decades, given cash to kickstart work on 252 private sites and introduced a new deal for developers to build on public land.
This Government investment in housing associations, councils and other developers since June means over 55,000 new affordable homes will be built for rent, or sale through the Government's help for first time buyers.
The new money confirmed today includes:
Mr Healey has also today given the go-ahead for £27.5m Government funding to be made available to 24 stalled housing developments through the second round of the Kickstart programme, to get building work back on track and workers back on site. The numbers of successful projects receiving Kickstart funding in each region are in the table below:
|Region||Number of projects||Amount of Investment (£'000s)||Number of homes (Gross)|
|East of England||6||4,743||452|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||5||4,396||234|
Three projects in London have already been allocated over £5 million under Round 2 of Kickstart, with more in the pipeline for approval.
This is on top of 141 schemes that have already benefited from £424million funding through the first round of the Kickstart programme. From today, every one of these previously stalled developments is now getting back on track. A further 87 schemes have already been allocated nearly £83m under round two of the scheme.
The Minister has also today confirmed that three new sites will be made available under the Public Land Initiative. This new deal for housebuilders makes publicly owned land available for house-building, but takes out the upfront costs and risks involved in site purchase and preparation, and looks to secure pre-sales meaning better operating costs for the housebuilders and attracting non-traditional developers to the housing industry.
These sites are in addition to the first sites made available under the Public Land Initiative in Doncaster, Milton Keynes and Newcastle.
1. The locations of Kickstart Round One projects can be viewed here (external link).
Please note: all Kickstart Round One locations are mapped according to postcode data and should be accurate to within 500m or to the Local Authority Area.
2. The locations of 24 new Kickstart Round Two projects can be viewed here (external link).
Please note: all Kickstart Round 2 locations are mapped according to postcode data and should be accurate to within 500m or to the Local Authority Area. Unit numbers and allocation funding may be subject to change until contracts are signed.
3. The locations of Kickstart Round Two projects can be viewed here (external link).
4. The successful projects receiving funding through the Kickstart scheme today are:
|Region||Scheme||Developer||Local Authority Area||Total number of units|
|North East||Finchale Avenue, West Rainton||Keepmoat||County Durham||38 market sale/rent, 12 Homebuy Direct (HBD)
|North East||The Kylins, Morpeth||Persimmon||Northumberland||31 market sale/rent, 19 HBD, 10 social rent
|North West||Kingsmead, Prenton||Lowry Homes||Wirral||51 HBD|
||Woodbury Park, Newton le Willows||Barratts||St Helens||26 Market sale/rent, 28 HBD|
|Yorkshire and Humber||Menston Hall, Menston||Incommunities||Bradford||6 market sale/rent, two Homebuy Direct, 17 Low Cost Home Ownership (LCHO), 5 social rent|
|Yorkshire and Humber||Unity, Mexborough||Strata Homes||Doncaster||22 Market sale/rent, 10 HBD, 21 social rent|
|Yorkshire and Humber||Richmond Park, Richmondshire||Broadacres Housing Association||Richmondshire||15 HBD, 16 social rent|
|Yorkshire and Humber||Keighley Road, Halifax||Redrow||Calderdale||29 market sale/rent, 30 HBD, 11 social rent|
|Yorkshire and Humber||Priory Chase, Pontefract||Miller Homes||Wakefield||20 market sale/rent, 30 HBD|
|West Midlands||Clanway Brickworks, Stoke-on-Trent||JS Bloor||Stoke On Trent||44 market sale/rent, 8 HBD
|West Midlands||Bracken Gardens, Lichfield||Barratts||Lichfield||10 market sale/rent, 22 HBD, 19 social rent|
|East Midlands||Rockingham Road, Corby||Westleigh Developments||Corby||18 HBD, 17 LCHO, 32 social rent|
|East Midlands||Mistral, Retford||Strata Homes||Bassetlaw||30 market sale/rent, 10 HBD, 10 social rent
|East Midlands||Deeping St James, South Kesteven||Larkfleet||South Kesteven||7 HBD, 6 LCHO, 19 social rent|
||Phase 1 Lady Lane, Hadleigh||Persimmon||Babergh||20 market sale/rent, 17 HBD, 9 LCHO, 26 social rent|
|East||Cam Locks, Waterbeach||Morris Homes||South Cambridgeshire||20 market sale/rent, 42 HBD, 9 social rent|
||F1/F2 St Neots||Miller Homes||Huntingdonshire||30 market sale/rent, 20 HBD|
|East||Riverside Place, Basildon||Bradgate Developments||Basildon||28 market sale/rent, 35 HBD|
|East||Hayhill Allotments, Ipswich||Crest Nicholson||Ipswich||24 market sale/rent, 19 HBD, 16 LCHO, 54 social rent|
||Cow Lane, Watford||Barratts||Watford||30 market sale/rent, 53 HBD|
|South East||Broughton Chase, Milton Keynes||Milton Keynes Partnership||Milton Keynes||25 Market sale/rent, 20 HBD, 5 LCHO|
|South East||Southlands Hospital, Shoreham||Crest Nicholson||Adur||67 market sale/rent, 12 HBD, 15 LCHO, 30 social rent|
|South East||Site 6, North Bersted, Bognor Regis||Persimmon||Arun||16 market sale/rent, 79 HBD, 24 LCHO, 41 social rent
|South West||Trinity Park, Frome||JS Bloor||Mendip||36 Market sale/rent 14 HBD|
5. A breakdown of the £4.2billion funding allocated since June is published today and can be found at: www.communities.gov.uk/housingpledgefunding (excel).
6. Other examples of projects receiving Government funding include:
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