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£7.9m new homes boost for Dorset
9:16am Wednesday 16th January 2013 in News
DORSET is set to receive a new homes boost after receiving a share of a UK-wide cash payout of £661million.
Over the next year, Bournemouth, Poole, and Dorset councils will get a £7.9milllion cash injection with the New Homes Bonus, after delivering 1,764 new homes.
These include 361 affordable properties and 188 empty homes brought back into use.
The provisional allocation, to be paid in the 2013/14 financial year, means that councils across the UK have received £1.3billion through the New Homes Bonus scheme, since it launched in April 2011.
Mark Prisk, Housing Minister, 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 the area – paving the way for thousands of much-needed, locally-supported homes to be delivered across the country,” he added.