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GOVERNMENT CASH WILL EASE HOUSING PLANS

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Nearly£300m has been allocated by the government to growth areas in the south-east to stave off accusations that ...
Nearly£300m has been allocated by the government to growth areas in the south-east to stave off accusations that it has failed to finance sufficient infrastructure.

Councils across the east and south-east have identified an£8bn funding gap for infrastructure needed to underpin government house building targets (LGC, 9 June 2005).

The government has said the number of new homes built each year must rise from 150,000 to 200,000 over the next decade, with the bulk concentrated in these regions.

Housing and planning minister Yvette Cooper said 85 projects would benefit from the growth areas and community infrastructure funds, in Ashford, Milton Keynes, Stansted-Cambridge and the Thames Gateway.

She said: 'We are delivering on our government-wide commitment to ensure that building new homes goes hand in hand with the right provision of infrastructure.'
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