£15m funding will help accelerate housebuilding across Cheshire

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been granted almost £15m-worth of funding to create more housing.

The injection is from a £38.2m Homes England funding pot, aimed at speeding up the development of more than 2,000 homes across the country

A total of six local authorities have benefited from the funding.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been given £14.678m to develop a total of 737 homes across five different sites.

The deals are the latest to be awarded through the Government’s £350m Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme, which was launched to help unlock public land and increase the speed of delivery on local authority housing schemes.

The funding will be used by the local authorities to invest in infrastructure and enabling works to get 13 sites – from Somerset to Cheshire – ready for the development of new homes.

Local authorities awarded funding are encouraged to use both local SMEs and modern methods of construction – from factory fabricated components to 3D modular construction – on their sites, to reflect the Government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure and widening the use of smaller builders on publicly owned land.

Stephen Kinsella, chief land and development officer at Homes England, said: “This funding will enable local authorities to prepare their sites for development and to bring forward the construction of homes.

“New homes will then be built out at pace using modern methods of construction.”