Let us build homes and you'll get cash incentive
NEIGHBOURHOODS prepared to accept new housing developments in the East Riding will be given cash to spend on infrastructure projects.
Planning Minister Nick Boles said the funds would come from making developers pay a new Community Infrastructure Levy when they are given planning permission.
The Government believes it will reduce opposition to house-building, although developers have warned it could make land more expensive and push up the cost of homes.
Mr Boles said: "We can decide to ignore the misery of young families forced to grow up in tiny flats with no outside space or we can accept we are going to have to build on previously undeveloped land.
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"This Government is determined to persuade communities to accept more house-building by giving them a share of the benefits it brings."
Controversial plans to build thousands of homes on greenfield sites have been unveiled by Hull City and East Riding Councils. In Beverley, developers have faced opposition to plans to replace the town's biggest secondary school with a new building in return for being allowed to build on greenfield land.
In Cottingham, Hull City Council is offering about 320 acres of land to build more than 4,000 homes over the next 25 years.
Mr Boles said it was important for those opposed to housing developments to make their views known.
He said: "Local authorities have responsibilities to meet local housing needs. There's no reason why those decisions shouldn't be taken locally.
"There's always going to be people who'd rather a development wasn't there but the best way to strike the balance between housing needs and public opinion is at a local level."
Under the proposals, neighbourhood groups who support new housing will be given money to build community centres, save a pub or re-roof the local church.
Ministers have given council chiefs until March to come up with land to build 270,000 homes for each of the next five years.