My right honourable friend the Minister for Housing and Planning (John Healey) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
I am today announcing the provisional allocations totalling £135 million for the second year of housing planning delivery grant (HPDG) (2009-10). HPDG was established in 2007 to reward local authorities for improved delivery of housing and other planning services as part of their strategic, place-shaping role and to provide more support to communities and local councils which are actively seeking to deliver new homes. We consulted on changes to the consultation to the distribution mechanism earlier in the year. The decision to review the grant scheme follows our public commitment to monitor the grant in light of changes in economic circumstances.
The changes to the allocation formula for 2009-10 are:
an additional reward for those who could demonstrate housebuilder involvement in developing strategic housing land availability assessments (SHLAA); and
to increase the reward for demonstrating land for having a five-year land supply at the expense of having development plan documents in place.
A copy of the provisional allocations have been placed in the House Library and are available on the Communities and Local Government website at https://internetstg.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planning/planningpolicyimplementation/planningdeliverygrant/hpdg2009/?version=1.
A summary of responses and formal Government response to the consultation paper will be published with the final allocations in the new year.