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Tory Mayoral Candidate pledges fund to kickstart 1500 brownfield site homes across Greater Manchester

On the day the Government announces its new Housing White Paper, Sean Anstee has released details of his housing policy if elected Mayor of Greater Manchester in May.

In a raft of measures designed to increase the supply of new homes, encourage brownfield development and see a significant increase in new transport and social infrastructure, the Conservative Mayoral candidate has promised a Greater Manchester Infrastructure Guarantee meaning land can only be allocated for development once the required schools, roads, public transport and health facilities are in place.

 A single investment fund for transport bringing together different sources of funding to help co-ordinate investment in transport and complement the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a new £1bn housing fund incorporating an increased Housing Investment Fund which has helped to kick start building over 1500 new homes on brownfield sites across Greater Manchester.

Sean promises to start a discussion with Government and local authorities to have greater flexibility and freedom in how the fund works alongside other funding streams, creating a single flexible fund of £1bn for housing across the city-region.

He has also pledged to use his new Mayoral powers to acquire stalled sites or work with the developer and landowner make sites more viable to kick start building and promises a plan to reserve a proportion of new homes for local people so that young people growing up in their local area have a decent chance of being able to get onto the housing ladder in their local community.

“Greater Manchester deserves a Mayor who is confident and ambitious for our future, committed to making our homes and communities’ great places to live.” says Sean.

“This is a defining moment where we can choose a material improvement in jobs, homes and making Greater Manchester easier to get around but only if we are prepared to take long term, thought through decisions.” adding:

“We need a Mayor who has the resilience to take those decisions and ability to create partnerships that will benefit our existing communities and our younger generation growing up in Greater Manchester today. I will be that Mayor. This is about a journey of the willing. Whilst the other candidates in this Mayoral election have made good noises about being prepared to deliver, their actions show that not to be the case. I have a proven track record in Trafford of delivering on my commitments and of taking pro-growth, pro-business decisions to benefit our population – I want to do that for everybody in Greater Manchester.’

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