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Council gets biggest planning grant

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Manchester City Council has received a bigger government housing and planning grant than any other English local authority.

The allocation of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s housing and planning grant, which has been confirmed, shows that eight councils will receive£1m of more.

The sums are dished out from a£101m pot using a formula under which councils are judged on their ability to bring forward land for housing and ensuring that they have up to date plans.

The new figures show that Manchester will receive a£1.832m award, the bulk of recognises the council’s delivery of new housing units.

The second biggest sum (£1.683m) goes to Tower Hamlets LBC. The biggest award for a district went to Tonbridge and Malling BC, which received£1.458m of which£1m was given in recognition of the council’s performance as a local planning authority.

Announcing the award, housing minister Margaret Beckett said: “The international credit crunch has created significant challenges for the UK but we have a growing and ageing population and the long term need to provide more homes has not gone away.”

"The allocation of£101m will go a long way to ensuring councils and builders are ready to take advantage when the upturn in the economy comes.”

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