Region boosted with Government housing grants

Michael Hunt

North West planning authorities have been given a major boost with an injection of over £8.5m of Government funding to help revive the housing market.

The news, announced today by Housing Minister Margaret Beckett, will help maintain the building of the family and first-time buyer homes.

For the first time, the 2008-09 Housing and Planning Delivery Grant will provide additional direct funding top-ups for councils to ensure that new homes are built where families need them.

In order to be eligible local authorities must show progress on:

  • continuing to provide suitable land for development over future years, particularly as the housing market recovers from current economic challenges
  • providing the local plans necessary to deliver the needed homes
  • carrying out a strategic assessment of their housing market

Amongst the councils being allocated the grant, it includes Bury, Liverpool, Chester, Macclesfield, and Manchester.

Housing Minister Margaret Beckett said: "The international credit crunch has created significant challenges for the UK but we have a growing and ageing population and the long term need to provide more homes has not gone away."

Councils across the country will tomorrow receive a total £100m of funding as part of the scheme.

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