Dorset councils given millions for meeting housing targets

Bournemouth Echo: Housing Minister Kris Hopkins Housing Minister Kris Hopkins

DORSET councils have been given millions of pounds of government cash for playing their parts in meeting housing targets.

Whitehall said yesterday that the New Homes Bonus scheme had seen 550,000 more homes delivered nationwide.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins published details of the latest payments being made to England’s 353 councils, in recognition of their contribution to building new homes.

Official figures last week from the Office for National Statistics showed that housing construction has risen to its highest levels since 2007.

Under the New Homes Bonus, councils have been rewarded for delivering 550,000 newly-built homes and conversions and brought 93,000 empty homes back into use.

This total also includes more than 160,000 affordable homes.

It means that Bournemouth Borough Council has been given £3,562,367 for 2014/15, while Poole gets £1,935,253 and Christchurch £491,709.

East Dorset will receive £647,651, while North Dorset gets £1,268,018 and Purbeck £345,550.

Dorset County Council will be given £1,264,005.

Mr Hopkins said councils were free to spend the money as they see fit to benefit their area, including freezing council tax.

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2:05pm Tue 17 Dec 13

hrryseccombe says...

People always asked me why the council and its cabinet were so determined to destroy the BCCA arts centre in Boscombe for 11 small affordable homes especially as so many people in the community were dead set against such a cynical manouever. I always said that it was a "soft" target to fulfil their housing quotas... Here's the Cost:-

Boscombe lost some of its irreplaceable and unique heritage, it's community lost a place that could have fulfilled many of their's and their children's needs, and the art community and local creatives similarily lost many opportunities for workshop/ exhibition and performance space, including a unique theatre. The leader of the council John Beesley, was the one firmly behind this and as leader and head of resources there was little to challenge him. What a shame, sham and scam and the use of a misleading report to get it through planning was scandalous.

The article below shows the payoff
People always asked me why the council and its cabinet were so determined to destroy the BCCA arts centre in Boscombe for 11 small affordable homes especially as so many people in the community were dead set against such a cynical manouever. I always said that it was a "soft" target to fulfil their housing quotas... Here's the Cost:- Boscombe lost some of its irreplaceable and unique heritage, it's community lost a place that could have fulfilled many of their's and their children's needs, and the art community and local creatives similarily lost many opportunities for workshop/ exhibition and performance space, including a unique theatre. The leader of the council John Beesley, was the one firmly behind this and as leader and head of resources there was little to challenge him. What a shame, sham and scam and the use of a misleading report to get it through planning was scandalous. The article below shows the payoff hrryseccombe

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