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Local Growth: Burnley

Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 24th February 2020.

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Photo of Antony Higginbotham Antony Higginbotham Conservative, Burnley

What steps he is taking to encourage local growth in Burnley.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Across the north-west we are investing £1.5 billion through the local growth fund. In Burnley, we are investing £1.7 million at Vision Park to help advanced manufacturing and engineering companies, £1.3 million for the Centenary Way bridge work and £8 million for infrastructure development delivering new houses, jobs and private sector investment.

Photo of Antony Higginbotham Antony Higginbotham Conservative, Burnley

I think the Minister for his answer. New housing developments are vital, and an important part of ensuring that we have the housing stock that we need. Will he tell me what steps he is taking to ensure that housing developments have local support and contribute to thriving communities?

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

My hon. Friend is clearly a doughty defender of his constituents and their right to ensure that the homes built around them are approved by them. The Government have made it absolutely clear that new developments should be well designed in a way that reflects local preferences, and supported by the right infrastructure at the right time. As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has said, we welcome the report from the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission in this respect, and we will be responding to it in due course.