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A Five Billion Pound National Disgrace

Having watched the progressive degradation of Government policy on planning and transport in England over the past 15 years, I thought I was beyond being shocked. But a quick analysis of the Government announcement on its five billion quid Housing Infrastructure Fund left me speechless. Well, almost...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 February 2018

Transformational Dreams

Thanks to a quirky coincidence, I was in a small town in the north of England when Transport for the North launched its Strategic Transport Plan, setting out its aspirations for what it grandly called transformational growth over the next third of a century. Well, quite a lot of the north is in need...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 January 2018

An Egregious Future

Few elephants live in this country and most of those that do live in zoos. So conservation of them is unlikely to figure in any 25-year environment strategy, which is a pity, as the Plan published by the Government yesterday must have had two very large pachyderms roaming silently around the launch ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 January 2018

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Javid outlines housing plans

Added on 11 October 2016

The Government has announced it will publish a white paper on English housing later this year and meanwhile will provide up to £1bn in short-term loans for small builders, custom builders and "innovators".

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said the Government is determined to get more homes built and said the Home Building Fund, worth £3bn, would get more than 25,000 homes built in this Parliament and 200,000 in the longer term.

"It is only by building more houses that we will alleviate the financial burden on those who are struggling to manage," he said.

The Home Building Fund will be administered by the Homes and Communities Agency and it has opened for applications.

The Fund is intended to generate £1bn of loans for small builders and £2bn of long-term funding for infrastructure.

No details are yet available of what it might fund, or how, but the Government says the emphasis will be on brownfield land.

Mr Javid had previously announced plans to accelerate construction on public land and a package for urban and brownfield regeneration including an element of transit-oriented-development.

"The Home Building Fund is good news, especially its focus on small and medium-sized builders," said CPRE head of planning Matt Thomson.

"However, we’d like to see much more ambition in accelerating construction on public land given the amount of such land that’s available. We’d also like to hear more about how we restrict greenfield development to drive the brownfield development that both CPRE and the Government want to encourage."

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