Gov't announces fresh funding boost for green homes projects

The government has announced that it is to double the amount of money it is to spend on the largest home building project seen in the UK for almost 20 years.

Already 73 councils across the country are working on constructing thousands of affordable and sustainable properties, with local authorities keen to boost community cohesion as well as cut back on carbon emissions.

Now, housing minister John Healey has confirmed that an additional £122.6 million is to be made available through the scheme, with councils matching this amount as they work towards building 4,000 new homes.

Among the biggest winners of the new round of funding is Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, where work is underway on the construction of 26 two, three and four-bedroomed homes, all of which are being designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level Four.

Announcing the new injection of money, the chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, Sir Bob Kerslake, stated that his organisation has seen strong levels of competition between councils applying for funding.

"I am particularly pleased with the number intending to deliver to a higher energy efficient standard," he said.

This comes just days after developer Lovell confirmed the completion of another sustainable homes project, namely the Mountford House high-rise block in West Bromwich.

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