House building to net Fylde coast £4m boost

Kris Hopkins, the Housing 'Minister, who has welcomed the cash boost for councils
Kris Hopkins, the Housing 'Minister, who has welcomed the cash boost for councils

The Fylde coast is set to receive almost £4m next year as a reward for building thousands of new homes.

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre councils are among the big winners in Lancashire under the government’s New Homes Bonus Scheme.

The Department for Communities and Local Government announced yesterday that Blackpool council will be given £1.4m next year for helping boost housing supply in the resort by more than 1,000 since 2011.

The funding for 2014/15 brings the total amount the council has received under the scheme to more than £4m.

Wyre Council, which has increased its stock of housing by 970 and brought an additional 235 empty homes back into use since 2011, will receive £1.2m next year.

Fylde Council will get £1.3m under the scheme, which match funds additional council tax raised from new homes and empty properties brought back into use for six years. The figures include 815 affordable homes across the three council areas.

Across Lancashire, councils will have been paid £36.7m over a four-year period for helping provide 9,490 newly-built homes and bringing 2,781 empty homes back into use.

Housing minister Kris Hopkins said: “Top-down Regional Strategies and eco-towns failed hardworking families who aspired to own their own home, and built nothing but resentment.

“In stark contrast, councils have received over £2b for their part in getting Britain building, and leading to housing construction reaching its highest levels for seven years.

“And they are free to spend the money any way they like to benefit their local communities – whether that’s supporting frontline services, providing new facilities or freezing council tax.”

Communities minister Stephen Williams said: “The Government is doing everything possible to tackle the problem of empty homes and urban blight, and the New Homes Bonus is a shot in the arm for councils tackling the problem of abandoned homes and urban blight locally.

“The number of long term empty homes has already fallen by 93,000 and we are now going further, giving councils the incentive to bring people, shops and jobs back to once abandoned areas, and to provide extra affordable homes we so badly need.”

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