Cash boost for homes on Council land

Plymouth’s plans to build more vitally-needed homes on Council-owned land has been given a £3.9 million cash boost.

Projects to build on parcels of land, which could see up to 650 homes built, have been awarded funding from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. to help unlock the land for development

The Land Release Fund supports 79 projects across the country to build and will inject £45 million into key community projects to support building up to 7,820 new homes nationally

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said: “This is great news and will help us prepare land for development that will create homes for families here in Plymouth.

“A lot of these sites have been derelict for years and need some investment in order to make them ready for developers. This includes demolishing old buildings, creating the right infrastructure such as roads and providing utilities.

“We know people want to make sure we use brownfield sites as we can before looking to build on fields, these projects do exactly that.”

The successful bids will release lands for homes by March 2020, enabling publicly-owned land and buildings to be used more efficiently and deliver real benefits to communities across the country.

In Plymouth the schemes are:

  • Colin Campbell Court
  • Bath Street
  • Stirling House, Honicknowle
  • Corporate Asset Release Programme– a number of smaller parcels of land that have been grouped together
  • Land at Prince Maurice Road
  • Efford Health and Wellbeing Hub

He added: “We are particularly pleased to see the criteria to receive this funding we had to show value for money, innovation and the contribution to wider government housing objectives.”