Housing and Planning Minister Alok Sharma has announced that the
Planning Delivery Fund is now open for bids to support ambitious
local authorities and third sector organisations in areas of high
housing need to plan for new homes and infrastructure.
The government is Initially opening up £11 million of the
£25million fund and councils will be able to apply to help gain the
skills or capacity they need to deliver high quality housing growth
at scale, pace and implement wider planning reforms. The fund is
aimed at encouraging more innovation in the design quality of new
housing developments, as well as provide design advice and support
to local authorities.
The first part of Planning Delivery Fund allocation of £11
million will be open to bids for the financial years 2017-18 to
2018-19. Click here for information on the Planning
Delivery Fund prospectus and how councils can submit bids for the
first tranche of resources available.
Others measures announced along with the £25 million Planning
Delivery Fund include:
- a further £3 million funding to support the delivery of the 14
garden villages that are part of the government's existing
- publishing of a consultation paper on plans to allow the
creation of locally led New Town Development Corporations, and help
speed up the delivery of new garden towns.