Sunday, May 19, 2013

The New Homes Bonus

Sent in by “Save Oakfield Site”.

While Redbridge Council considers the feedback on its Core Strategy Review, including the possibility of a new “Garden village” of some 750 homes on the Oakfield site, Redbridge continues to have a considerable number of empty or unoccupied properties. According to the Redbridge “Empty Properties Strategy 2012-2015” – “As at 1st April 2012 there were a total of 1,686 homes empty. Many of these are short term vacancies that are soon reoccupied without the involvement of the Council.

However, quite how *many* is not specified, nor is the reliance on the prospective occupant being able to get Housing Benefit, something that has become a little more difficult since that date….

To the New Homes Bonus which is a grant paid by central government to local councils for increasing the number of homes and their use.

The New Homes Bonus is paid each year for 6 years. It’s based on the amount of extra Council Tax revenue raised for new-build homes, conversions and long-term empty homes brought back into use. There is also an extra payment for providing affordable homes.

If you scroll down and click on “New Homes Bonus final allocations for 2013 to 2014” you will find that Redbridge receives £2.8m, ranking it 54 out of 326 LAs. Money is paid on each qualifying build for 6 years.

There is, if you are interested in this subject an open public meeting on “Housing, Homelessness and Support Systems in Redbridge” on 13th June 2013 and hosted by Redbridge Faith Forum


  1. I have already signed a hand-held petition against the Oakfield development. Why not start an online petition through Avaaz? I'd sign that too and post it to my friends.

  2. Ian, we have an online petition to complement the physical one. B21 have posted about it here:

  3. I tried when I first saw that post, but gave up. Others had similar problems. The Council doesn't want anyone to sign that petition! The petition needs to be independent of the Council.

  4. The local paper reports that Redbridge is popular with people moving INTO the area which seems to be at odds with the opinions expressed by the Council (and certain Councillors) that the new "garden suburbs" being proposed are for the relief of homelessness WITHIN the Borough.

    These assertions cannot BOTH be true.

    Click here

  5. Excellent point jawal1.
    Another puzzling comment made at the last Area 3 meeting is that the very important person at the top of Vision does not know that asbestos was used as roofing material for at least one allotment building at New North Road. That very point was hammered at various high level meetings before the new leases were signed. it was still Council then, not Vision, but the same person was in charge. It was considered not to be worthy of action at the time but, 'ignorance of the fact'? No!