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Housing: Construction

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Conservative, Welwyn Hatfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to make it a requirement for future housing targets to take account of the effect of additional housing on local infrastructure planning and budgets.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

It is for local planning authorities to determine their housing requirements, which should be deliverable and take account of infrastructure capacity. The National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that locally-produced plans should identify the development and infrastructure required in the area.

The Government is committed to ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to support communities with their housing needs. At Autumn Budget 2017 we more than doubled the Housing Infrastructure Fund to £5 billion. We also announced an additional £1.5 billion for the Home Building Fund for loans to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Custom Builders and innovators, who cannot easily access development finance.

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