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Milton Keynes gets housing boost

Housebuilding in Milton Keynes is to receive a significant boost with the allocation of money from the Local Infrastructure Fund.Some £16.5 million is being invested to fast-track the development of over 1,600 new homes at Newton Leys.The brownfield-site project has been stalled for years, despite the fact that planning permission for the scheme was given in 2006.In addition to speeding up construction work on the homes, the money will help to establish a surrounding community, with the construction of a new primary school, a park, a hotel, a shop, and a range of other leisure amenities.MP for Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart said: "I am very pleased with this announcement. It is important that, as well as the extra houses we need to meet demand in Milton Keynes, we have the local amenities in place which are necessary for a new community to thrive."This is just another example of how this government is delivering a sustainable future for Milton Keynes."The local infrastructure fund is aimed at boosting construction at sites that have the potential to deliver real benefits to their communities but are struggling to move forward. Some 85,000 homes have already been unlocked through the scheme.Housing minister Brandon Lewis said the latest investment would help to create jobs and establish a local community, as well as providing new homes.According to the government, their reforms are stimulating the rate of building, with housing starts, planning permissions and residential construction orders all at their highest levels since 2007.Earlier this month, it unveiled a package of measures to cut red tape on new developments and boost housebuilding further.The wide range of standards used to govern residential construction has been consolidated into five core areas, reducing cost, uncertainty, bureaucracy and duplication for housebuilders.A new zero-carbon homes standard is to be introduced from 2016, building on the 30 per cent energy efficiency improvements already introduced in 2010 and 2013. 

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