£16.5m new homes boost

Milton Keynes has been handed a £16.5million boost to fast-forward the building of more than 1,600 homes.

The money, from the government’s Local Infrastructure Fund, is expected to speed up residential development at Newton Leys, at a development which has stalled since winning planning permission in 2006.

The site is also due to include a new primary school, park, hotel, shop and leisure amenities.

Housing minister Brandon Lewis said government efforts to support construction were “not just providing more homes for families but also helping to create new communities, new jobs and a boost to local economies and businesses.”

Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes South said: “I am very pleased with this announcement.

“It is important that, as well as the extra houses we need to meet demand in Milton Keynes, we have the local amenities in place which are necessary for a new community to thrive.”