Funding to help deliver homes and new school

A grant of just under £1m to help deliver homes and a new school at Parklands Village in Weston-super-Mare has been welcomed by North Somerset Council.

The council learned today (Thursday 1 February) that its bid to the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) has been successful.

The grant funding will help open up land for 1,732 homes and a primary school. The land, some owned by the council and some by Homes England, is located within Parklands Village, an agreed development location in the council’s planning documents.

The £930,974 from the HIF will fund the council’s share of the costs of providing the utilities needed ahead of the homes and school being built. The remaining costs will be paid by developers St Modwen as the development partner of Homes England.

The money will fund a number of key infrastructure projects including power supply, electricity/gas connections, waterworks, foul and surface water drainage and telecommunications.

The work to put this infrastructure in place will be carried out this year.

“This is welcome news,” said North Somerset Council Leader Cllr Nigel Ashton. “The funding will help us ensure that the necessary infrastructure is put in place quickly, opening up the land for housing delivery at a key development location and taking pressure off other areas.”