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HBF Member Briefing: Government announces details of Site Delivery Fund to get work started on delayed developments

Date: 30/07/14

Government announces details of Site Delivery Fund to get work started on delayed developments

Housing and Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis MP has today launched a £3m fund to get work started on site more quickly on up to 85 new housing sites with an outline planning permission.

The funding is available to councils to tackle planning issues that cause delays to developers seeking an implementable permission. The fund will be available to address issues such as the completion of financial agreements and the signing off of planning conditions.

Councils with the greatest number of large housing developments recently agreed will be prioritised with each successful bid expected to receive around £50,000.

The bidding document states:

‘We would like to see fully implementable planning permissions being delivered more quickly, once permission in principle has been granted. Delays at this stage can be significant, hindering the ability of builders to get started on site and constraining the supply of much-needed housing and other development.

‘There can be several reasons for this, including the time required to deal with applications for reserved matters consent, complete section 106 agreements and discharge planning conditions. Applications for related consents, such as wildlife licensing and environmental permits, can also be a cause of delay.’

The annex of the document includes a list of the 75 councils that will be receive top priority based on the number of large sites recently granted planning permission.

This fund is in addition to the new measure to introduce a ‘deemed discharge’ of planning conditions which is included in the Infrastructure Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament.

More details, including the local authority Invitation to Bid, is available HERE

David O’Leary
Deputy Director of External Affairs