Cornwall gets £9.6million for new homes
CORNWALL has been awarded more than £9.6million to build new affordable homes over the next year.
The Government revealed this week full details of grants being given to local councils across the country under the New Homes Bonus scheme.
In total Cornwall Council will receive £9,617,909 for 2013/14 under the scheme which is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Cornwall's grant is the third highest in the country.
The amount of money given to councils is calculated on the number of new homes built, the number of affordable homes built and number of vacant properties brought back into use in the authority area the previous year.
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Cornwall Council managed to bring 776 empty homes back into use and enable 774 affordable homes to be provided helping to boost the amount of money it received in the New Homes Bonus.
Cornwall Council interim chief executive Paul Masters said: "The delivery of housing and, in particular, the delivery of affordable housing; reducing the number of empty properties and meeting local needs are key priorities of the community and of the council.
"The achievement in accessing this government funding reflects the council's commitment to the delivery of its Housing Investment Plan, which includes a range of initiatives to help meet the housing needs of Cornwall.
"Of particular relevance to the New Homes Bonus funding award is the delivery of new housing, with a focus on affordable housing, and the council's activity around bringing long term empty properties back into use. Cornwall Council is using some of its previous New Homes Bonus funding to deliver the Housing Investment Plan."
Joe Roberts, Cornwall Council's private sector housing manager said: "This is a great achievement for the Empty Property Team who have contributed to this significant total by working positively with owners of empty properties to bring them back into use."
Housing Minister Mark Prisk said: "This country needs to build more homes, and that's why the government is giving communities a reason to say 'yes' to growth through the New Homes Bonus.
"We're backing those councils that build the homes people need. This brings the New Homes Bonus to £1.3 billion, and is a direct result of 142,000 homes being built, plus a further 18,000 long-term empty homes being brought back into use. That's good news for councils, communities and families."