North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt was pleased to support Central Bedfordshire Council’s bid last year to the highly competitive Housing Infrastructure Fund. The Government has today announced that the Council has been successful in the first round and can now submit a business case through to the co-development stage.
Secretary of State, Sajid Javid MP, said “Helping to deliver more homes where they are needed most is one of the Government’s top priorities. We are committed to supporting the development of infrastructure to deliver transformational housing growth; unlocking new homes in areas of greatest housing demand.”
The funding, potentially up to £65million will go towards providing necessary infrastructure to support recent and future growth in Biggleswade. This could mean immediate new schools, rather than waiting for developments to be built, and then developer’s funds could be used towards other community developments and projects.
Mr Burt has been working with stakeholders to improve step-free access at Biggleswade Station, and winning funding could provide much needed investment to achieve this and other improvements for rail passengers.
Commenting on the news, Mr Burt said “I am delighted to hear that the Council has been successful in the first stage of this competitive process. Receiving this Government funding would provide much needed infrastructure to support growth in Biggleswade and I know the investment in our area will be welcomed by constituents. I look forward to working with the Council on the next stage of the process”.