Dominic Raab Housing Minister
Housing Minister Dominic Raab said Government's housing investments were aimed at improving the housing market for "those on low or middle incomes"

Council-owned plots secure Government backing

The Government has awarded £5m from its Land Release Fund to 10 North West projects, “to combat barriers which would otherwise make land unusable for development” on council-owned sites.

The projects include necessary works such as improving access and drainage, as well as new roads to alleviate congestion.

This move comes two weeks after the first wave of funding from the £5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund was announced.

In Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire, a £1.7m investment will go towards roads, roundabouts, and utility services, unlocking up to 330 homes potentially built with Japanese modular housing techniques.

At Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, a £670,000 grant will improve access and ground works to make a site suitable for 140 homes.

The total list of sites to receive money in the North West from the Land Release Fund are:

Blackburn with Darwen Newfield Development Area £32,000
Blackburn with Darwen Fishmoor Drive £35,000
Blackburn with Darwen Griffin £670,000
Blackpool Bispham Road £1.05m
Blackpool Blackpool Road, Poulton £1.7m
Blackpool Ryscar Way £400,000
Salford Salford Development Site, Astley Road £500,000
Salford Swinton transformation, Salford £110,000
Salford Little Hulton Residential Development, Longshaw Drive, Salford £90,000
South Ribble Bamber Bridge and Lockstock Hall £362,000


Housing and planning Minister Dominic Raab, said: “We are investing £8.9m across the Northern Powerhouse to build roads and provide utilities, so councils can release the land to get up to 2,241 new homes built.

“It’s part of our strategy to build the homes Britain needs, and carry local communities with us.

“We’re determined to make buying or renting more affordable for young families and those on low or middle incomes.”

The Land Release Fund is being administered through a partnership with the Local Government Association and Cabinet Office’s One Public Estate programme.

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Economics of the mad house. More government tax payers money filling the coffers of the major house builders.
If it’s not viable, don’t do it.

By A Tupper