Get Ready to Get Britain Building

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The £420m fund to Get Britain Building was announced in November 2011 by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister as part of the Government’s Housing Strategy for England. In December the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) published detailed guidance for developers wishing to apply to the Get Britain Building programme; the deadline for bids is 12 noon on Monday 30 January.

If we can start this year on a positive note, all of us connected with the building and construction trade will be working hard to keep this momentum going. For the tradesmen who will be working on such projects this will be critical.

The £420m fund to Get Britain Building was announced in November 2011 by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister as part of the Government’s Housing Strategy for England. In December the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) published detailed guidance for developers wishing to apply to the Get Britain Building programme; the deadline for bids is 12 noon on Monday 30 January.

Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest online and mail order trade supplier of ironmongery products, Wayne Lysaght-Mason has been watching this development with interest. He commented: “If we can start this year on a positive note, all of us connected with the building and construction trade will be working hard to keep this momentum going. For the tradesmen who will be working on such projects this will be critical.”

Get Britain Building is intended to unlock stalled sites with planning permission to support construction activity and provide new homes, to address difficulties in accessing development finance faced by some housebuilders, and to help bring forward marginal sites by sharing risk.

The programme is open to all private sector organisations which control land and can develop at least 25 homes on the stalled site by December 2014. It is not limited to smaller companies but the HCA has tried to streamline the first stage of the application process to make it easier for all developers to access funding.

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