£200m housing pot bids available for developers

September 10, 2014 8:12 am


Developers have been invited to team up with councils and pitch for a  slice of a £200m fund designed to support house building on brownfield sites after the bidding criteria were unveiled.

The money will help create ten housing zones on brownfield land where it will be easier to build new homes quickly.

The zones, which will be outside London, should be large enough to accommodate 750 to 2,000 properties, the government said. It will complement plans for 20 new housing zones in the capital where a separate bidding process for £400m is already underway.

Bidding for the £200m pot will formally open on 22 August.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said housing zones will help councils boost house building while making the best possible use of previously-developed land so the countryside is safeguarded.

Lewis added that there is enough brownfield land in the UK for up to 200,000 new homes, and ministers expect planning permissions covering 90 per cent of this land to be in place by 2020.

“We need to build more homes in this country, but it’s also vital we protect the countryside that people rightly treasure,” said Lewis.

“That’s why the government is offering councils a share of £200m to prioritise development on brownfield land.”

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