Plans to build 5000 new homes in Newcastle have been given a boost from £16m of government funding.
Newcastle City Council has announced that they will receive the funding to build the infrastructure needed to serve the new developments.
The money will be used to build roads, junctions and a school enabling the council to work with developers to bring sites to the market.
It will aid the construction of 5,282 new homes in Newcastle.
Developments are planned for homes at Newcastle Helix in the city centre, Ouseburn Mouth to the east of the city, and the outer west (Newbiggin Hall, Callerton and Kenton Bank Foot).
The money – £16,657,000 – will pay for infrastructure improvements at:
- £9.9m for the outer west, to move Simonside Primary School to a new building, develop the site for a new secondary school, and improve six road junctions. This will allow developers to progress plans for 4,265 homes in Newbiggin Hall, Callerton and Kenton Bank Foot;
- £4.99m at the Newcastle Helix development for new paths, roads, public open spaces, green spaces, and water drainage – this will help with the construction of 398 homes;
- £1.75m at Ouseburn Mouth to fix issues where the Ouseburn meets the Tyne, and lay new foundations for buildings – which will help with the development of 221 homes.
Acting Director of Place, Michelle Percy, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in bidding for this money from Government.
“It will be used at sites being held back for housing to pay for new infrastructure such as roads and schools that enables the construction of new homes in areas of greatest housing demand.
“We expect to start putting the infrastructure in place later this year, so the homes can follow at pace.”
The Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund will help deliver up to 100,000 new homes in England with £2.3 billion in capital grants to local authorities.
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP said: “We are committed to working together with ambitious councils and helping them deliver the homes this country so desperately needs.
“We are delighted to be supporting 94 infrastructure projects across the land which will kick-start property development.
“This is all part of our drive to build 300,000 homes each year, and ensure we have enough housing in areas where it is most needed.”
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