The Mayor is making up to £10 million of revenue funding available for councils to deliver new approaches to increasing housing delivery, by building capacity and developing skills and expertise. The draft London Plan sets a target of 65,000 new homes per year in London over the next 10 years. In recognition that council budgets for planning and development have fallen by 50 per cent over the last 8 years, this new fund is designed to support councils to increase housing supply, both in their role as Local Planning Authorities and as homebuilders.
Homebuilding Capacity Fund
The Mayor published his Homebuilding Capacity Fund prospectus for the programme in October 2018. The prospectus sets out the 4 key areas where councils can bid for support. These are:
- delivering a new generation of council homes
- increasing housing supply by supporting the development of small sites
- proactive planning in areas with significant growth potential
- ensuring optimal density of new residential developments
The prospectus outlines more detail on these 4 areas, the process for bidding, and the criteria by which bids will be assessed. If you have any questions please email: [email protected]