Herefordshire successful in Housing Infrastructure Fund

Hereford project selected for Forward Funding programme by Government

Government announced its support for Herefordshire’s bid to its Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to develop infrastructure to support its housing aspirations yesterday, Wednesday 21 March 2018.

The announcement comes as the recent consultation on the Hereford Transport Package, which identified a shortlist of possible routes for the Hereford bypass closes.  The Council is progressing plans to commence construction of the Southern Link Road (the first phase of the bypass) early next year.

The momentum continues after the opening of the City Link Road, which provides access to land for the development for an Emergency Services Hub, GP Hub, University accommodation and housing.

The Housing Infrastructure Fund has allocated £4.1bn to fund major infrastructure projects with a potential to deliver over 400,000 new homes across England. Herefordshire has been successful in being selected to go through to the next stage of the funding process during which Government will support the development of the detailed business case for investment.

Councillor Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council said:

“I am very encouraged that Government has endorsed our ambitious growth plans for Hereford and this funding announcement comes as good news for the council and the communities we serve.

This is an important step towards confirming the funding for the Hereford Transport Package which includes the Hereford bypass.  This is essential to the delivery of new homes and jobs for the city whilst also reducing the effects of traffic on the city centre and allowing improvements for cycling and walking within the city.

We look forward to working with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on this funding opportunity and also across Government, including Department for Transport and Highways England.

We will also work with the private sector to secure the funding necessary to deliver the transport infrastructure, housing, employment opportunities and the health and education facilities needed.”

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