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I suppose one should be grateful for the candour of the National Infrastructure Commission when it admitted the purpose of its proposed Oxford-Cambridge Expressway is to facilitate car-dependent urban sprawl. In its proposal for the gherkin-shaped sprawl corridor last November, it said decisions on ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 May 2018

A Matter Of Principle

About a hundred years overdue, we could finally be seeing a serious national debate over whether garden cities are a good thing. This is an issue the planning profession has treated with kid gloves ever since its inception, thanks to the role garden city enthusiasts played in its foundation and the ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 05 May 2018

Election Fever

You may not have noticed it, but this is local election time in large parts of England. Election fever, however, has been hard to spot. I visited my own local authority website a couple of days ago to find out who the candidates are in my ward. The council had not even bothered to upload them. It to...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 01 May 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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