Don Foster MP


New Homes Bonus is getting Bath building again

December 6, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

Councils across England received a cash boost as Liberal Democrat Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell, announced funding each authority would receive from the New Homes Bonus.

The money means councils are rewarded for building new homes and bringing empty homes back into use. In Bath and North East Somerset the Government has given over£1.2 million (£1,218,187) delivering 444 new homes and bringing 53 empty homes back in to use.

Commenting, Don Foster MP said:

“After 13 years of Labour’s failure, the Liberal Democrats are determined to get Britain building again. The New Homes Bonus is doing exactly that.

“We’re beginning to see more new homes being built in Bath and empty homes being brought back in to use. We must now build on this to ensure that more affordable homes are built in the city for those that desperately need them”

“This is something the Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for and we are now delivering in Government.”

Cllr Tim Ball, B&NES Cabinet Member for Homes & Planning welcomed the boost:

“I am very pleased that the Government has allocated this funding for Bath and North East Somerset. This is excellent news for our local area”

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Andrew Stunell said:

“These are very pleasing figures, showing that the New Homes Bonus is acting as a spur to get councils building new homes and bringing more empty homes back into use.

“It’s a win-win situation for local communities - £430m of extra funding for frontline services and 159,000 extra homes for local people.

“Labour’s top-down approach to building homes just didn’t work. It was unrealistic and ineffective, and didn’t take into account local needs or wishes.

“Instead the New Homes Bonus is introducing a culture change - making it easier to persuade local people to go for development, and rewarding communities that go for growth.”