To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homes included in applications to the Community Housing Fund prior to its early closure in December 2019; if he will reverse the decision to close the fund and allow all projects at the application stage to complete the process; and if he will make a statement.
The Community Housing Fund is currently scheduled to close in March 2020. Ministers are considering all budgets in the round and allocations for 2020/21 will be confirmed through a business planning exercise. Allocations for future years will be considered at forthcoming Budget and Spending Review.
The Government recognises that the community-led housing sector offers significant potential for helping to meet housing need across England. In addition to helping increase the rate of delivery of new housing, it will help deliver a range of benefits including diversifying the housebuilding sector, improving design and construction quality, developing modern methods of construction, and sustaining local communities and local economies. The support and close involvement of the local community enables the community-led approach to secure planning permission and deliver housing that could not be brought forward through speculative development.