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Funding from Eric Pickles could speed up Branston Locks plans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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A HUGE housing development on the outskirts of Burton is in line to receive a hefty amount of Government funding aimed at getting Britain building.

A 'new community' of 2,500 homes at Branston Locks, off Shobnall Road, has been shortlisted for a share of a £1 billion pot of funding intended to boost the housing market in the country.

It is among 36 projects which are the first to potentially benefit from the first wave of funding, which amounts to £850 million.

Rupert Young, from Nurton Developments, which is behind the Branson Locks scheme, said: "This money would be extremely useful, but it's not critical for development on this site.

"It would mean the infrastructure would be delivered more quickly than otherwise. It would enable us to put in place much more quickly the bridge over the canal and the spine road which links to Shobnall Road."

Communities minister Eric Pickles said Branston Locks and other schemes were 'critical at getting Britain building', and maintaining the highest house-building levels since 2007.

The potential funding has been welcomed by East Staffordshire Borough Council's planning chief Philip Somerfield.

He said: "The borough council welcomes the potential support especially if it speeds up delivery of the scheme and in particular the new bridge and spine road. The regional development fund for Branston Interchange is similarly important. We will continue to work closely with the developers to deliver a high quality scheme that is a key site in the town's future development."

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