Housing masterplan given cash injection

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 March 2018

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Almost half a million pounds has been handed to local authorities in the West of England to help deliver a masterplan for 100,000 homes.

The West of England Combined Authority, which is overseeing the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), has been awarded £425,000 by the Government.

The JSP will see 25,000 homes built in North Somerset by 2036 as the West Country seeks to meet its housing and transport needs.

The money will be used to ensure planning applications are reviewed quicker, accelerating the development process.

Housing minister Dominic Raab said: “This cash boost ensures councils across the South West have the resources needed to make quicker decisions on planning applications, delivering quality housing at a faster rate.

“It is part of our strategy to build the homes this country needs while also supporting residents to have their say on developments.”

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