Northumberland secures £4.5million for housing infrastructure

Northumberland County Council has welcomed the announcement of £4.5million funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

The funding is for the early construction of a link road and utilities that will unlock the final element of  a key strategic housing site to the north of Morpeth, part of the wider St George’s Hospital site.

The scheme is part of a wider Council strategy that seeks to deliver residential growth supported by investment in infrastructure.
In Morpeth this approach has secured the delivery of the Morpeth Northern Bypass, a strategic sewer connection, and this link road that will enable residential development to come forward and also support the delivery of an Enterprise Zone for strategic employment.

By also providing access to King Edward VI School from the north, the road will have the potential to reduce congestion in the town.
The funding will ensure delivery of the wider St George's Hospital urban extension supported by the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan while specifically delivering the Strategic Road Improvement policy.

The national £5billion Housing Infrastructure Fund is a government capital grant programme aimed at helping to unlock new homes and is awarded to local authorities on a competitive basis to fund key local infrastructure projects essential ahead of building the homes.

Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council said:  “This announcement is great news for Morpeth and Northumberland - allowing housing schemes to go ahead that have been hamstrung by the high costs of infrastructure.

“Once the Morpeth scheme is complete the funding will also be ‘recycled’ and used to enable further housing and infrastructure developments in Northumberland.

“HIF is a hugely competitive process, so it is a credit to our planning team that this bid has been successful.”

The government has just released £866 million nationally to invest in schemes like this to enable development of up to 200,000 new homes get off the ground

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said:  “Today marks the first step of the multi-billion pound investment we announced at the Budget to help build the homes our country needs.

“This fund finances vital infrastructure such as roads, schools and bridges, which will kick-start housing development in some of Britain’s highest-demand areas.

“This support will help us meet our ambitious plan of building 300,000 new homes each year and ensure we have enough housing in areas which need it most.”

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said:  “Our priority is building the homes this country desperately needs.

“This first wave of investment totalling £866 million will help get up to 200,000 homes off the ground, making a huge difference to communities across the country.

“This is just one of the many ways this government is taking action to get Britain building homes again.”
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