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Local councils welcome £866m investment in infrastructure

The Government has announced a £866m investment in new infrastructure projects across England.

This investment is part of the Government’s £5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund and will support more than 130 housing schemes including new roads, cycle paths, flood defences and land remediation work.

Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid and Chancellor, Philip Hammond confirmed that councils would be given funding for 133 critical infrastructure projects aimed at enabling 200,000 new homes to be built.

Support for essential housing-related infrastructure

With the government having stated its commitment to building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, this first wave of funding from the £5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund is part of a comprehensive programme to help improve the housing market and tackle the housing crisis.

Examples of funding support Projects from County Durham to Cornwall will receive funding including:

• £10m for roads needed to unlock a planned 3,300-home development in Leicestershire

• £10 million for construction of a bypass in Hampshire, an essential road infrastructure project that will help unlock the delivery of 1,000 new homes

• £3.6 million for drainage works, new roads and footpaths in south-east Sheffield to help unlock more than 400 homes by 2025

• £6.5m to help build a primary school to serve a 750-home development in Devon.

District councils, who are responsible for approving 90% of planning applications, will welcome this fund to help support the development of new homes, communities, public services and transport links.

In addition, the number of job opportunities created as a result of the works will help to boost local economies and develop careers.

How Can We Help?

If you’re a local authority or developer we can help you to secure training and employment opportunities directly linked to public planning processes.

To date we've supported more than 600 beneficiaries and delivered more than 14,000 training weeks to kick-start careers and provide access to accredited training for young people and the unemployed.

Apprentice Monty Purcell has benefited from an apprenticeship following Fusion21 supporting Daventry District Council to meet apprenticeship and training targets on the 1000 unit Monksmoor Park housing development in Daventry, Northampton.

In conjunction with site developer Crest Nicholson, we’ve ensured that target outcomes are being delivered - by creating and driving opportunities on the development.

Commenting on his apprenticeship, Monty said: “Working on a high-quality live site has played a huge part in my development, and I have learnt something different every day. My skill-set is worlds apart from when I first started out, each day is totally different – I can be doing anything from laying floors to working with walls and doors – to fitting kitchen units.”

For further information on how we can support your organisation through planning, call us on 0845 308 2321 or click here.

Click here to read more information on the Housing Infrastructure Fund.