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Accelerated Construction Programme now open to councils 05/01/2017

As predicted in a previous article, the government has invited local authorities to join its accelerated construction programme.


The Autumn Statement allocated £1.7 billion over the next four years to an Accelerated Construction Programme which aims to deliver up to 15,000 homes on central and local surplus public sector. 


The programme is intended to support diversification of housing supply by supporting non-major builders and help tackle the construction skills gap by greater use of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).


Central Government has already agreed to commit its surplus public land to this initiative. Where sites are considered suitable, instead of selling land on the open market, the government will undertake basic site preparation and obtain outline planning permission, select a development partner through a competitive process, including agreement on build-out rates and risk and profit sharing.


The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has now issued invitations for expressions of interest from local authorities to identify sites where a similar approach by councils could deliver new homes quickly, if possible within this Parliament. This is expected to identify the support and expertise that will be required to accelerate development on such sites.


The Greater London Authority (GLA) is expected to initiate a similar consultation with London boroughs.


See further details of the Accelerated Construction Programme and how your council can apply.


Expressions of interest should be made by Tuesday 28 February 2017.

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