17:48 Monday 16 December 2013

Cash booster due to council homes

Written byROB SMYTH

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COUNCILS in Burton and South Derbyshire have been handed a £3 million boost as a reward for building new homes.

The Department for Communities and Local Government revealed South Derbyshire District Council was being handed £1,779,757 and East Staffordshire Borough Council £1,608,242 for their efforts, through the New Homes Bonus scheme.

It was also revealed that, since 2011, there had been 1,257 new homes built in East Staffordshire and 1,468 in South Derbyshire.

Bob Wheeler, leader of South Derbyshire District Council, said: “The New Homes Bonus is an incentive for growth, rewarding us for each new home built, and it is our aim to ensure the benefits of this growth are visible to, and accessible by, communities.

“Properly planned and well-managed development is essential to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place for future generations.

“Our aim is to help South Derbyshire to continue to grow and thrive, while protecting and enhancing the qualities that make the district such a wonderful place.”

The scheme rewards councils and communities for helping to build more properties.

It match funds the additional council tax raised for new homes and empty properties brought back into use for six years – with extra funding for new affordable homes.

The borough council has been handed a total of £3,719,759 since the scheme began in 2011, while South Derbyshire has had £4,479,330.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said: “Councils are free to spend the money any way they like to benefit communities – whether that’s supporting frontline services, providing new facilities or freezing council tax.”

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