£18m for councils to build more houses

Government funding totalling £18 million is being offered to councils in England to speed up building of up to 800,000 new homes on large developments.

Councils will able to bid for a share of the ‘capacity fund’ to tackle planning issues that can hold up projects.

The announcement also unveiled plans to create six new housing zones to support developing 10,000 new homes on brownfield sites.

The new housing developments zones will be: Sheffield Housing Zone; North East Lincolnshire Urban Housing Zone with sites in Grimsby and Cleethorpes; Hoyland-Wombwell Strategic Housing Zone in Barnsley, South Yorkshire; Sandwell Housing Zone in the West Midlands; Pennine-Lancashire Housing Zone with sites in Blackburn and Burnley; and Wirral Waters Housing Zone in Merseyside.

Housing minister Gavin Barwell said: "We want to turbo-charge house building on large sites to get the homes built in the places people want to live so that this country works for everyone, not just the privileged few."