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Department for Transport

Transport schemes to support new homes for the future
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date
19 Dec 2005 00:00
source Department for Transport
type Press release



34m has been allocated today to fund two key transport schemes that will support expanding communities and the delivery of new homes for the next generation.

The Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF), which has been established by the Department for Transport and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, will provide 24m of funding for improvements to Milton Keynes Central and Wolverton railway stations and 10m for regeneration and public transport enhancements at Dalston Junction station. Further infrastructure projects in housing growth areas will be announced early next year.

Transport Minister Derek Twigg said:

"The Government is investing 87m a week in the railways and this is a good example of its commitment to delivering real improvements. Investing this money now will prepare the local infrastructure for the future expansion of these communities. The Milton Keynes Central Station project in particular represents an important part of the West Coast Main Line modernisation, which will deliver improved performance and shorter journey times both locally and for passengers up and down the country."

Infrastructure supporting growth in Milton Keynes will also be boosted by the standardised planning obligations being pioneered by Milton Keynes Partnership Committee. Subject to the usual statutory planning procedures, this mechanism is estimated to result in approximately 300m of funding for infrastructure from developers in the two major expansion areas of Milton Keynes to complement mainstream Government funding. English Partnerships has received Government approval to forward-fund the developer contributions and recoup the outlay from developers.

At the beginning of the month, in its response to Kate Barker's Review of Housing Supply, the Government set out an ambitious action plan to make housing more affordable and help more people into home ownership or social housing. Ministers gave a clear signal that plans increase the rate of house building will be firmly linked to increased investment in transport infrastructure and local services, in addition to tough new design and environmental standards.

The establishment of a Community Infrastructure Fund (originally announced as part of the 2004 Spending Review) was one of the recommendations made by Kate Barker. In total, 200m of CIF funding will be made available for projects supporting housing growth in the designated Growth Areas over the period 2006/07 and 2007/08.

Baroness Andrews, Lords Housing Minister at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister said:

"For the sake of the next generation we must act now. But providing more homes at more affordable prices must mean building to high design and environmental standards, and crucially, supported by the right infrastructure - transport, hospitals, schools, parks and leisure facilities. We are in the business of creating sustainable communities - not just bricks and mortar.

"The Dalston Junction project is an example of joining up agendas to create sustainable communities - directly providing 275 new homes, improving public transport links and helping to regenerate an area of deprivation in London."

The works on Milton Keynes Central station include the construction of a new platform for fast trains and the replacement of a second platform for local services, and will prepare the town for expected growth of 45,000 households by 2021. Funding will also be provided for improving the railway station at Wolverton, an area of Milton Keynes which is receiving ODPM support for heritage-led regeneration.

The Dalston station project involves the construction of a concrete slab above the railway to maximise development potential, including a new development of 275 housing units and improved transport interchanges.

Both schemes have been announced now due to the need to programme them within the works on the West Coast Route Modernisation and East London Line Project.

Notes to Editors

1. The Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF) is a 200m fund jointly administered by the Department for Transport and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. CIF funding will be made available to transport projects supporting housing growth in the four designated Growth Areas (Thames Gateway, London Stansted Cambridge Peterborough, Milton Keynes South Midlands, and Ashford).

2. 34m has previously been allocated from CIF for two transit projects in London. An announcement of schemes provisionally approved for CIF funding was made in March 2005, since which time project promoters have worked up detailed appraisals.

3. The Milton Keynes station and Dalston Junction projects are the first schemes from the March 2005 list of provisionally approved projects to receive final approval. They are being announced now to allow their inclusion in the West Coast Route Modernisation and East London Line Project programmes. Further announcements regarding schemes to receive final approval for CIF funding will be made early next year.

4. Milton Keynes Partnership Committee (a sub-committee of English Partnerships and the local planning authority for the Milton Keynes expansion areas) has developed a "prospectus" identifying and prioritising the local infrastructure (e.g.schools) and strategic infrastructure (e.g. roads) needed to deliver 15,000 homes in the expansion flanks over the period to 2016. The prospectus takes account of committed and planned levels of mainstream and Growth Area public expenditure of these services. The prospectus also identifies the contributions to infrastructure that will be made by developers, through planning obligations and subject to statutory planning processes, broken down on a per dwelling basis. The s106 contribution that developers are expected to make amounts to around 18,500 per dwelling, plus land for social infrastructure and affordable housing. In order to overcome the timing differences between expenditure on infrastructure (front-loaded) and receipts from developers (forthcoming over time alongside planning permission and development), English Partnerships has agreed to forward-fund the infrastructure and recoup the outlay from developers. EP's forward funding role has now been approved by Government.

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