Monday, 22 February 2010


On Friday February 19th the Government announced a new package of support for rural housing.  Some 36 local ouncils are to receive grants from a £1m fund to support the development of some 10,000 house in projects around the country.

In the area covered by the diocese of Oxford  two grants have been announced:-

  • South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council. Masterplan for former Grove airfield.  £30,000
Grove is a large village to the north of the market town of Wantage. The council is seeking technical help for a Masterplan for a new housing development which will deliver much needed market and affordable homes. Specialist Masterplanning advice to evaluate and build upon the developer’s masterplan would be an invaluable asset to the LPA. There is a determination that new housing is supported by appropriate services and facilities.
  •  Milton Keynes Council: Leadership capability and capacity building. £6,000
This project involves working with members and parish councils to understand the processes involved in making new housing allocations and development control decisions for rural housing schemes. The majority of recent housing allocations in Milton Keynes have related to urban areas, so there is a need to build rural expertise and leadership.

____posted February 22nd 2010_____
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