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Dorset To Get Millions For Building New Homes


8:19am 14th December 2012

Over the next year Dorset will receive close to £8m for building over 1700 new homes.

The money comes from the New Homes Bonus scheme that gives local councils cash rewards for increasing the number of houses they build.

The initiative was launched in April 2011.

Dorset County Council will also be rewarded for creating affordable housing and filling long-term empty homes.

Overall, England's 353 councils are set to share a payout of £661 million after delivering 142,000 new homes, 58,000 of those were affordable properties and 13,000 were long-term empty houses.

The Minister argued that the New Homes Bonus had proved critical in ensuring communities see the benefit of housing growth in their area.

Mark Prisk said to WESSEX FM NEWS:

“For years, developers found themselves at loggerheads with communities unconvinced that their plans for growth would benefit them.  But the New Homes Bonus is turning this around. 

“The £1.3billion paid out to councils to date has meant that now local people are able to see the rewards of new developments in their area – paving the way for thousands of much-needed, locally-supported homes to be delivered across the country.”

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