Haddenham.net

Funding New Infrastructure

Home » News » Funding New Infrastructure
New Building Development

A bid for government forward funding to support growth around Aylesbury has been approved today (Monday) by Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet.

The £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund, launched by the Government in July to unlock 100,000 new homes across the country, allows councils to bid for up to £250 million.

Buckinghamshire has until Thursday (28th September) to lodge an expression of interest with the Government and, if successful, intends to bid for up to £250m to enable the County Council to be one step ahead of housing developers with infrastructure before homes are built.

County Council Leader Martin Tett said: "When it comes to housing growth, residents always ask where the supporting infrastructure is. Money from the Housing Infrastructure Fund would give us the means to build roads, schools, health provision and the like ahead of the housing."

The County Council Forward Fund bid focuses on Aylesbury as the largest growth area in the county, with more than 15,000 new homes expected in the next 20 years.

If it succeeds, the bid would cover transport, roads, schools, power supply upgrading, flood mitigation, waste services, cycling and walking routes, and enable the council to buy land from different owners and package it together to speed the start of house building.

It would enable progress to be made on some of the outer link roads that will eventually form an orbital route around Aylesbury.

And because the Government has made an explicit connection between the Housing Infrastructure Fund and newly-announced garden towns, Aylesbury's new Garden Town status is expected to weigh in favour of a bid.

Moreover, Aylesbury sits within the Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor, a current area of interest for government through the National Infrastructure Commission.

The Government says its Forward fund is intended to support schemes that make more land available for housing in high-demand areas and pay for infrastructure to support it.

The County Council's Forward Bid, has the support of district councils and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Winterfest Sad Image
Haddenham Webteam: Thu 17 Sep 11:30am

We are very sad to announce that the beer festival committee and trustees have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year's Winterfest. When we were forced to cancel Summerfest way back in March we were very hopeful that things would be more stable by now and allow us to hold our fantastic annual Christmas event, but times are still too uncertain. The recent tightening of lockdown...

Rental House Keys 02
Haddenham Webteam: Thu 17 Sep 4:29am

Alison writes:"My Dad lives in Haddenham and is seriously ill. I need to visit from the USA and I'm therefore looking for short term accommodation.I'm living in Texas at the moment, but due to the urgency of my Dad's illness I have just booked flights from Texas to London and will arrive on Saturday morning 19th September. I need somewhere to stay for 4-6 weeks, ideally self...

Fast Fibre Broadband
David Foulkes: Wed 16 Sep 8:03am

Haddenham is scheduled to get Full Fibre Broadband next year, one of 11 places in Buckinghamshire. This is well on the way to being delivered in Marlow.The important thing is that this is not just another broadband supplier over the existing BT lines. This is a complete new infrastructure. Cables will go along BT ducts and poles where possible but some will be under pavements and verges. Each...