The Government is going to build thousands of homes at stalled housing sites and create new construction jobs through a multi-million investment package set to kick-start the economy and boost the trades.
Today, Housing Minister Mark Prisk confirmed that 14 major housing schemes across the UK will benefit from the investment that can start building up to 38,000 new homes.
A share of the Local Infrastructure Fund, which has a total budget of £474 million, will create thousands of jobs for local communities and people in the trades across the country.
The funding programme is targeted at large-scale sites of over 1,500 homes that could deliver real benefit to their communities.
Housing Minister Mark Prisk said: “This government is determined to get Britain building again. That’s why we are working with local housing schemes that have their plans in place, but need help to move forward.
“Our support through the Local Infrastructure Fund will help deliver the homes this country needs, create thousands of jobs and inject millions of pounds of investment into local economies.”
Homes and Communities Agency Chief Executive, Andy Rose, said: “This investment from the Local Infrastructure Fund is about building momentum behind some of those larger locally-backed housing developments to accelerate the supply of new homes.
“There is work to be done to ensure these bids deliver value for money for the taxpayer and fit with local priorities, but I am looking forward to getting out on site and seeing progress on successful bids in the months ahead.”
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Developers have submitted plans to build hundreds of homes and a new Sainsbury’s superstore near Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire that will pave the way for new jobs in the trades.
Investment company Conygar which owns 93 acres of land off Thomas Parry Way near the town centre, has applied to Pembrokeshire County Council for planning permission to build 835 residential properties and a 60,000 square foot Sainsbury’s retail food store.
A further application has been submitted which envisages the re-development of the riverside area of the town centre near to the main development. This mixed-use development would see offices and residential units above a row of new shops and create 74,000 square feet of retail, office and residential space.
Robert Ware, Chief Executive of Conygar said: “This is further evidence of Conygar’s confidence in Pembrokeshire as an excellent place to live and work. We believe these schemes will rejuvenate the town centre and its attractions as a regional shopping centre.
“The 93 acre site currently has outline consent for residential development, a primary school and other facilities as well as providing for improvements to the roads in the area and the proposal accommodates a new superstore at the corner of the site nearest to the town centre and is a vital catalyst to development at the site to bring the residential development forward.
“We believe our proposals will bring an excellent new store providing the public with quality and choice close to the town centre and the innovative scheme will provide a strong link to the existing shopping streets. It will also provide the most modern retail units to attract top quality retailers back to the town.”
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) published a report today showing that meeting the UK’s renewable energy targets by the end of 2020 could create 400,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector.
The report ‘Renewable Energy: Made in Britain’, looks at employment figures for the entire UK’s renewable sector. It has estimated that the renewable industry was worth £12.5 billion in 2010/11 and supported 110,000 jobs. The new report suggests that employment across the renewable sector would rise significantly, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs by the end of this decade.
Launching the report, REA’s Chief Executive Gaynor Hartnell welcomed the findings of the report by saying that it is vital for the UK to keep on track with its commitments to meet the renewable energy targets by the end of 2020 as well as encourage economic growth and create more green jobs.
Ms Hartnell said: “Harnessing our renewables creates employment and means that rather than spending money on energy imports we can keep it circulating in the UK economy. Government needs to take steps to build the skills base and keep the UK on track to meet its renewables targets. When it comes to the employment, economic and energy challenges we face, the answer is clear – make it renewable and make it in Britain.”
Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Climate Change, said: “Renewable energy not only provides us with clean and secure energy that cuts our reliance on imported fossil fuels – it generates billions of pounds of investment and potentially hundreds and thousands of jobs and is a key growth sector for the UK economy.”
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The renewable energy sector in Scotland supports more than 11,000 green jobs, a major report by industry’s body, Scottish Renewables, revealed today. More jobs are expected to be created as the renewable energy continues to expand, the survey concluded.
The report, which looks at level of employment in the renewable sector across Scotland, estimates that the renewable industry supports an equivalent of 11,136 full-time jobs. Scottish Renewables has indicated that the vast majority of these jobs are in the supply chain. It has been reported that there were six people likely to get work as a result of every one person employed directly in development of renewable energy projects.
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “The report shows that renewables are not only a major part of our energy mix, they are now a major part of our economy and our daily working lives, supporting more than 11,000 jobs across Scotland.
“These numbers are actually just the tip of the iceberg, with many thousands more employees supported indirectly by the growth of the renewables sector which have not been captured by this study.”
Mr Stuart added that development of renewable energy will bring a further investment and provide better future opportunities for businesses and people from a wide range of career backgrounds such as electricians, tradesmen, consultants, civil engineers and architects.
Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, said the report by Scottish Renewables is clear evidence of the government’s support and its commitment to boost the renewable energy sector in Scotland.
Mr Ewing said: “The report clearly illustrates the scale of jobs and investment in renewables, with new skilled jobs being created and supported now in communities across Scotland”.
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