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Autumn Budget 2021 news
For a full breakdown of the key plans and projects announced through the Autumn Budget and Review 2021, which was delivered on 27 October 2021, please view our summary post.
‘London-style’ Transport Deals for City Regions Confirmed
Transport settlements totalling £5.7bn have been agreed with Greater Manchester, the West Midlands, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Tees Valley, the West of England and Liverpool City Region.
Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak’s housing measures from new homes to cladding removal
£1.8bn has been confirmed for developing 1,500 hectares of brownfield land and unlocking one million new homes. £5bn was allso announced for the removal of dangerous cladding from high rise buildings.
Budget 2021: NHS in England to receive £5.9bn to cut waiting lists
The funding will pay for physical infrastructure and equipment, and not day-to-day spending. £2.3bn will be used specifically to fund diagnostic tests, such as CT, MRI and ultrasound.
Autumn Budget 2021: £2.6bn set aside for 50 roads projects
£2.6bn will go towards a long-term project pipeline of more than 50 local road upgrade projects, including: A509 Isham Bypass, A259 Bognor Regis and phase four of the A350 Chippenham Bypass. More than £5bn will also be used for local roads maintenance.
£1.7bn allocated in first levelling up fund round
The first round of levelling up funding, worth £1.7bn, has been awarded to over 100 projects across the UK. Bids for the funding were submitted by local authorities for a range of projects looking to regenerate towns or upgrade infrastructure. The biggest grants were awarded to:
◆ Derbyshire County Counci, for the South Derby growth zone and infinity garden village.
◆ Council of the Isles of Scilly, to help replace its vessels and improve the harbours
◆ Renfrewshire Council, for its AMIDS South (travel links improvement project)
Other news this week
Only five weeks left to share your views on route strategies with National Highways
National Highways has developed an online tool to gather views from road users and those who live near to England’s motorways and major A-roads, to help inform the long-term vision of our roads. The online tool, which will close on 30th November 2021, forms part of the engagement process for developing Route Strategies, which is one of the elements used to inform the government’s decisions on future road investment.
Better broadband for 500,000 rural homes in UK gigabit revolution
570,000 more rural premises are set to get access to better broadband thanks to Project Gigabit. Areas to benefit include Cheshire, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Essex, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, East Riding and North Yorkshire.
Local areas to trial new digital initiatives to make planning process more accessible
13 areas across England will be trialling innovative digital tools to help local people have their say planning processes. Over £1 million of government funding has been allocated under the PropTech Engagement Fund to test these new initiatives and boost public engagement.
The selected projects include:
- The London Borough of Hounslow will create an online 3D map, helping residents to visualise and comment on proposals.
- Watford Borough Council will develop a QR code system for residents allowing them to view an interactive map and access planning information.
- Greater Cambridge Shared Planning will use digital technology to capture views outside of the formal consultation process, including social media comments, media articles and blog posts.
The pilots, which will run until March 2022, will inform the government’s work to modernise the planning system and the Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities is working with planning authorities to establish best practice and identify where further digital guidance and innovations are needed.
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