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Housing: Construction

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 222667, tabled on 29 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support is available to (a) Doncaster local authority area and (b) other local authority areas which are not among the Build pilot areas to accelerate house-building.

Answered on

3 February 2015

The Government is supporting all local authority areas, including Doncaster, to accelerate house-building through major policies including simplifying the planning system, programmes such as Help to Buy and Build to Rent, investment in affordable homes and in specific sites, and incentives like the New Homes Bonus.

The £150 million Custom Build Serviced Plots fund is open to bids from the Doncaster area.

These actions led to planning permissions for 240,000 homes being granted in the year to September 2014. Doncaster’s dwelling stock increased by 650 units in 2013-14.

Between April 2010 and September 2014, 520 units have been delivered in Doncaster through the Affordable Homes Programme.

Alongside this, we have the following projects supporting housing building in Doncaster, funded through various Property and Regeneration funding programmes:

- At Carr Lodge Farm, the amount invested to date is £4.24 million through the Accelerated Land Disposal plus £2.60 million though the National Coalfields Programme. 326 homes being delivered by developers Keepmoat, Strata and Fairgrove Homes.

- At Bentley, the amount invested to date is £9.15 million though the National Coalfields Programme via the Public Land Initiative. 170 homes being delivered by developer Keepmoat.

- At Askern, the amount invested to date is £7.34 million through the National Coalfields Programme. 288 homes being delivered: by developer Keepmoat.

- At Brodsworth, the amount invested to date through the National Coalfields Programme is £11.8 million. Seeking planning permission for 350 homes. Plan to offer to Market in late 2015.

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