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More Government cash for new homes in Wisbech

The planned delivery of thousands of new homes in Wisbech has been given another boost by a £224,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.


The grant, announced yesterday [March 30, 2017], is in response to a bid submitted by Fenland District Council in late December last year.

It will be used to help accelerate the delivery of about 2,500 new homes over the next decade on sites already allocated in east, south and west Wisbech.

It will also fund further studies that are needed to take the Wisbech Garden Town proposal forward. That has the potential to bring an additional 12,000 homes, along with important rail and road upgrades improving connections to Cambridge and Peterborough.

A team of specialist advisors will now be commissioned to specifically encourage and secure the building of a large number of homes at the existing site allocations over the next five years and secure outline approval for the garden town. It will also be tasked with delivering more homes in the following five years.

Fenland Council leader Cllr John Clark said: "This funding is further proof of the growing support for our plans for the development of the whole Wisbech area.

"The accelerated delivery of new homes on these allocated sites and the proposed garden town will have significant benefits for the whole area. It will help the Government meet its own housing targets and relieve the pressure on the overheated Cambridge market.

"At the same time it helps us take another step along the road towards the development of a Garden Town that we believe has the potential to transform the whole town and the lives of people in Wisbech over the coming decades."

The grant is part of a £16.5 million fund to speed up house building on large sites and deliver thousands of new homes to local areas. Housing and Planning Minister, Gavin Barwell said:

"To fix our broken housing market, we need to speed up building more homes in the places people want to live.

"Through this multi-million pound investment, we're giving councils the tools they need to tackle delays and get builders on site much faster."

Article added, 31 March 2017