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Government announces five upward extension developments

Government announces five upward extension developments
Homes England has agreed a £9 million funding deal with an airspace developer, where homes will be built on rooftops in London.

Homes England has agreed a £9 million funding deal with an airspace developer, where homes will be built on rooftops in London. 

According to a Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) statement, the properties will be built across five sites. The extensions, to be delivered by Apex Airspace Developments, will largely be constructed off-site before being fitted on top of buildings to minimise disruption to residents.

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was published last year, states that planning policies and decisions should “support opportunities to use the airspace above existing residential and commercial premises for new homes”.

The first 38 homes will be completed by the summer, MHCLG says. In total 78 units will be delivered under the three-year deal. The rooftop properties will be built in Tooting, Wanstead, Walthamstow, Putney and Wallington.

The money comes from the government’s £4.5 billion Home Building Fund.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire also announced that nearly £497 million will be spent on delivering 11,000 affordable properties.

Brokenshire said: “By providing targeted investment in affordable homes, and funding innovative projects to build rooftop properties, we are making our housing market work for everyone.

“Our £500 million funding boost for housing associations will help them build thousands of extra affordable homes – including properties for social rent.

“These measures are all part of our plans to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”

Read full article here: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/latestnews

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