Wakefield council unlocks £50,000 of Govt funding to kickstart housing development

A bid by Wakefield Council to unlock £50,000 from the Government’s Site Delivery Fund to assist it in building new homes across the district has proved successful.

As a result, owners of sites with planning permission can now access additional resources at the council, including a dedicated officer to work with land owners and housing developers to bring forward homes on sites within the district that are stalled.

“Developing new housing is a key element to encourage economic investment in the district,” said Councillor Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and skills. “The Council works hard to bring new businesses into the district and to encourage existing businesses to expand. So it is essential that we ensure housing supports growth and prosperity.”

The council said that with an increasing demand for housing it is keen to support small and medium sized housing developers to build successful housing developments and help them to navigate the planning process.

To that end, the council is leading on this initiative, working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to identify funding opportunities, business support and access to finance. The initiative will work towards removing any backlog of outstanding discharged planning conditions to help achieve the eight week turnaround target for discharged planning conditions.

In early 2016, the council and its partners will hold an event aimed at engaging with small and medium enterprises to address the potential barriers to development and to provide information on funding and support that can be accessed to unlock housing developments.

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