Wirral set to become a new housing zone

The Wirral is on a list of 29 areas outside of the UK’s capital that could become new housing zones.

In total, the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will choose ten locations outside of London from the list. In the chosen areas, the development of brownfield land will be carried out at an accelerated rate.

Each area will have access to a loan pot and preferential lending rates, along with funds that can be used to cover the cost of site remediation and infrastructure.

The zones will be able to access technical support from the Advisory Team for Large Applications service, which is run by the Homes and Communities Agency. This should help speed up the planning process. The expectation is that planning permission for 90% of the brownfield sites in the chosen areas will be in place by 2020.

If the peninsula is picked, local developers will work closely with Wirral architects to take advantage of the opportunity to speed up the planning process for brownfield sites.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, said of the scheme:

“Alongside other important measures like Help to Buy, we are doing everything we can to boost housing supply and to make sure people can get a home of their own.”

Esther McVey, the MP for Wirral West, welcomed the opportunity for faster development. There are already several large-scale restoration projects in progress on the peninsula, which are reportedly breathing new life into Wirral. The new housing project will complement the existing work that is going on to ensure that buildings and unused sites are put to use.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
February 4, 2015
Developments

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