In a major boost to the development of new homes in England, the government’s housing accelerator Homes England has agreed to support 12 local authorities to increase the housing stock across England on sites in their ownership.

The funding, totalling £55 million, for 4,000 new homes have been awarded through the Government’s £450 million Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) Programme. It will support local authorities with a range of work required to prepare their sites for the development of new homes such as infrastructure enabling works, planning and technical expertise and site remediation.

The LAAC programme prioritises the use of modern methods of construction, which will increase the pace of delivery across the developments by an average of 40 per cent.

City of York Council, Gateshead, Newcastle City, Pendle Borough, Eastleigh, Medway, Dorset, Leicestershire County Council, High Peak Borough Council, City of Lincoln Council, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and South Norfolk will benefit from this new deal.

Eastleigh Borough Council will build 1,400 new homes on a 400-acre site at Horton Heath, Eastleigh. The Council purchased the site in 2018 and the development will benefit from £20.8million of LAAC funding to accelerate the delivery of a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom homes, including a minimum of 30 per cent affordable housing. Leicestershire County Council will deliver approximately 1,083 new homes.

Initiatives like this are important to address the housing needs at the local level through Council programmes.