Magazine article Public Finance

Cooper to Reward Councils That Assist House Building

Magazine article Public Finance

Cooper to Reward Councils That Assist House Building

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Local authorities that back government plans to increase house building will receive £732m to fund better community services over the next three years.

The allocations to councils in designated growth areas across England, announced on December 4, represent a £232m increase on the £500m that had already been promised by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Speaking at the Future Homes 2007 conference in London, housing minister Yvette Cooper said the government wished to reward authorities that were doing the most to support the drive for 3 million extra homes by 2020.

Further funds will be raised through a new community infrastructure levy proposed in the Planning Bill, published last week.

Cooper told delegates she was alarmed to discover that, at present, 86% of planning applications approved by councils do not involve developers making any contribution to services.

Although better transport was a priority, she did not want other services forgotten. …

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