City set for £2.5 million boost for housing

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THE city is set to benefit from more than £2.5 million of funding through the New Homes Bonus scheme.

MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart welcomed the £2,513,998 given to Milton Keynes Council under a new scheme.

Until now more housing in communities has meant more strain on public services and reduced amenities. The New Homes Bonus will aim to give local authorities the chance to manage the problems that an increased population can create.

It will match the fund the additional council tax raised for new homes and properties brought back into use, with an extra amount for affordable homes, over the next six years.

Mark Lancaster sees the scheme as his six-year campaign for ‘infrastructure before expansion’ coming to fruition.

He said: “This is fantastic news for Milton Keynes. This money really will provide infrastructure to take the strain brought on communities by expansion, while encouraging us to build more affordable homes.

“Coupled with devolving planning powers to local communities, this will mean we get the right housing at the rate right in the right places in Milton Keynes.”