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Over £57 million to North West Local Authorities

Council efforts to get Britain building are to be rewarded with a multi-million pound New Homes Bonus, Housing Minister Mark Prisk announced today.

Over the next year, England’s 353 councils are set to share a cash payout of £661million, after delivering 142,000 new homes, including 58,000 affordable properties.

The North West’s councils are set to share a cash payout of £57,611,689 after delivering 12,252 new homes, including 5,900 affordable properties and 1689 empty homes brought back into use.

Today’s provisional allocation, to be paid in the 2013-14 financial year, means councils will have received £1.3billion through the New Homes Bonus scheme since its launch in April 2011.

This total recognises over 400,000 new builds and conversions, and over 50,000 empty properties being brought back into use.

The Minister argued that the New Homes Bonus had proved critical in ensuring communities see the benefit of housing growth in their area.

Mark Prisk said:

“For years, developers found themselves at loggerheads with communities unconvinced that their plans for growth would benefit them.  But the New Homes Bonus is turning this around.

“The £1.3billion paid out to councils to date has meant that now local people are able to see the rewards of new developments in their area – paving the way for thousands of much-needed, locally-supported homes to be delivered across the country.”

Sefton  620  82                    211            £2,390,451

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