1 February 2018
Breckland Council has been successful in bidding for almost £10m from central government, which will be used to support the delivery of thousands of new homes on the outskirts of Thetford.
The £9.95m investment will come from the Homes and Communities Agency's Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and will be used to improve infrastructure at the Thetford Strategic Urban Extension (SUE), which is earmarked for 5,000 homes.
The money will be spent on constructing a new primary substation and connecting it to the electricity grid as well as making improvements to the site's water supply.
The bid was submitted with support from a number of partners, including Norfolk County Council, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and developer Pigeon (see notes for editors, below). The funding will help to support the ongoing growth of the town, which will boost the local housing supply and the economy.
The construction of new homes will create new housing opportunities for existing residents, while also helping to attract new people to the district. It will help to meet the housing demands and needs of a growing town.
The Thetford SUE is a key growth site for the district and forms part of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor, which the council is supporting alongside a number of partners.
Cllr William Nunn, Breckland Council Leader, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we've successfully secured around £10m of investment for the growth of Greater Thetford. This money will help to put in place essential infrastructure which will enable the delivery of homes to meet the needs of a new generation. This is a fantastic achievement but we couldn't have secured this funding without the backing of our MP and a range of local partners, so I'd like to thank them all for their support."
Today's announcement is the latest in a line of positive developments for Thetford, which have recently included: plans for a new retail park on the former Viking site being given the green light; Breckland Council's announcement that it would create a 'digital high street' to support independent businesses as part of its Market Town Initiative; and the opening of a cinema, restaurant and hotel at the new £8m Thetford Riverside leisure complex.
Notes for editors:
Breckland Council's HIF bid was supported by:
- Liz Truss MP
- Norfolk County Council
- The Greater Thetford Development Partnership
- The New Anglia LEP
- Pigeon Ltd
- The Kilverstone Estate
Breckland is working on the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor project alongside:
- Cambridgeshire County Council
- East Cambridgeshire District Council
- Forest Heath District Council
- Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP
- New Anglia LEP
- Norfolk County Council
- Norwich City Council
- South Norfolk Council
- St Edmundsbury Borough Council
- Suffolk County Council