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80% of Affordable Housing Programme Not Ready to Start

80% of the Government’s Affordable Housing Programme is not yet ready to start the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has confirmed.  HCA data show only £219 million of the £1.07 billion programme outside London has been “confirmed”. 80% of housing associations have yet to secure a planning permission or identify a site. This means the Government’s target of building 63,000 affordable homes outside London by 2015 is in jeopardy. The Kirkwells’ team have a long track record of working alongside housing associations to find sites and secure planning permission. Call us to make sure your development is complete for 2015. 01282 872570    ©Kirkwells Town Planners and Sustainable Development Consultants based at the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre in Burnley www.kirkwells.co.uk Research … Continue reading

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Get Britain Building Fund Extended

The Government’s Get Britain Building fund has been extended with an extra £100 million being made available for a second round of bids. Get Britain Building offers financial support to housing sites with planning permission for 15 units, or more, where development has stalled. The funding is offered as either a direct investment in the development in the form of a loan, or by the administers of the fund, the Homes and Communities Agency, taking an equity stake in the development. Funding sought should be no more than 50% of total project costs To access this funding opportunity developers must submit an Expression of Interest to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) by noon on the 25th of July 2012. The HCA … Continue reading

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Help for your Community Right to Build Project

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has launched the Government’s Community Right to Build initiative. Community Right to Build puts the power to grant planning permission firmly in the hands of communities. Under Community Right to Build, communities will be able to approve new local developments by preparing a Community Right to Build Order. Once prepared such an Order would automatically grant planning permission for a certain type of development: family houses to sell or rent community halls homes designed specifically to meet the needs of older people children playgrounds; and shops and business facilities A Community Right to Build Order would have to meet certain criteria, for example be in a designated neighbourhood planning area, and have the backing of more than 50 … Continue reading

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