The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that Warwickshire is one of 44 areas to progress to the next stage of the funding allocation of the £5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund.
Technical support will be provided from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to help develop full bids for the following two schemes:
- A5 Transport Corridor – North Warwickshire
- Stratford-upon-Avon South Western Relief Road
The A5 Transport Corridor will involve highway and sustainable transport improvements that are required to support major housing development. The Stratford-upon-Avon South Western Relief Road is required to enable the Long Marston Garden Village development to progress.
Cllr Peter Butlin, WCC Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for finance, said: “Warwickshire is pleased to be in the mix for this fund. We have the fastest growing economy in the region and clearly need the infrastructure to support this. The A5 corridor and Stratford are our fastest growing areas in economic and housing terms so the early delivery of this work would go a long way to maintaining this momentum.”
Councillor David Humphreys, Leader of North Warwickshire Borough Council, said “This is a very welcome announcement for residents and businesses in North Warwickshire, particularly the many thousands who rely on the A5. This road has been a major source of disruption for many years and we are delighted to have put a bid together with the Government and County Council for a solution. This would not have happened without the ambitious plan for housing and employment that is contained within our draft Local Plan that North Warwickshire Borough Council voted to submit on 22nd March. We look forward to further work with colleagues to put a convincing business case forward for the next stage.”
Councillor Peter Richards, Housing and Infrastructure Portfolio Holder of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, said “This is excellent news for Stratford-on-Avon. The delivery of the Garden Village at Long Marston Airfield is integral to our Core Strategy and the Government have shown clear support for that. The infrastructure required for that site not only allows it to be delivered but has a wider effect on the district in supporting economic growth assisting in easing the traffic burden within the town centre.”
Jonathan Browning, chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), said: “The CWLEP is delighted that these important schemes which were detailed as part of our updated Strategic Economic Plan have been selected to be taken forward to a further stage of development. These infrastructure projects are essential to the continued development of our area and are fantastic news for the region on various levels and we look forward to aiding in the progression of these schemes.”
The bids will be completed over the coming months and the successful schemes will be announced from autumn 2018.