New funding to help speed up planning decisions and help deliver, quality new homes was announced by Housing Minister Dominic Raab on the 24th February 2018.
The first wave of the Planning Delivery Fund, totalling £15.8 million, has been awarded to enable councils to process more applications, implement new reforms and also train planners to tackle the housing challenges faced by their local area.
This funding boost will support local authorities working together on ambitious new joint local plans and core strategies, which will engage residents on how future development will take place in their areas and outline the locations suitable for new homes where demand is high.
The funding will also support better practice and innovation within councils as they decide planning applications, resulting in more being determined over a shorter time.
Money awarded to bidders will also allow local authorities to access the latest expertise on design and town planning, driving up the quality of new homes built.