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Welcome announcement regarding National Housing Infrastructure Fund

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Welcome announcement regarding National Housing Infrastructure Fund

Published at 1:19pm 27th March 2018.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, says: "We welcome the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's announcement that the Slyfield Area Regeneration Project (SARP) has been selected to progress through to the co-development stage of the competitive Housing Infrastructure Fund process."

"The project is a major urban regeneration scheme encompassing the relocation of the existing Thames Water Sewage Treatment Works onto a former landfill site and the repositioning of the Council's Operational Services Depot.

​"Significant remediation and critical infrastructure works are required to unlock this major housing scheme enabling the delivery of up to 1500 homes, potentially making a significant contribution to Guildford's growing housing need. SARP is designated as a Housing Zone by Homes England and is identified as a strategic development site within the emerging Local Plan."

The bid was submitted on behalf of Guildford Borough Council by Surrey County Council and the next stage will involve the co-development and assessment of the business case to inform the final funding decision.

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said:

"This Government is committed to working with communities to build the homes this country needs and ensure the right infrastructure is in place to support them.

"We will now be working closely with 45 areas shortlisted to apply for government investment including Guildford Borough Council. These key projects will help unlock more much needed homes by delivering the roads, schools and doctor's surgeries that communities need."

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