Epping: £1.2m Boost For New Homes

More than £1.2m is going to be spent on housing in Epping Forest.

The money is coming from the Government's New Homes Bonus.

It'll be spent on building new affordable homes as well as bringing empty properties back into use.

The MP for Epping Forest, Eleanor Laing, said: "It is great news that Epping Forest will receive over £1.2m through the New Homes Bonus, which can be spent by Epping Forest District Council on improving local infrastructure, delivering additional homes or on anything that will benefit the local community."

She added: "Under the previous Government, housebuilding fell to its lowest peacetime level since the 1920s, with Labour's top-down targets building nothing but resentment.

"Conservatives in Government have taken a fundamentally different approach with the New Homes Bonus.

"We are rewarding, rather than penalising, councils and communities for welcoming development, and providing a powerful incentive for Epping Forest District Council to help make sure our children have good quality, affordable housing in the Epping Forest district."

The Bonus is based on the council tax of additional homes and those brought back into use, with a premium for affordable homes, and is paid for six years.

It ensures that those local authorities which promote and welcome growth can share in the economic benefits, and build the communities in which people want to live and work.