Council welcomes major £1million investment for Berinsfield regeneration

Released on March 24, 2017

South Oxfordshire District Council has welcomed the news that Berinsfield is to receive more than £1million in government funding to boost the area’s regeneration.

More than 100 housing estates across the country are set to benefit from a significant investment to kick-start their regeneration, the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced today, with South Oxfordshire District Council being awarded £995,000 to boost the Berinsfield regeneration project, while SOHA, which owns many properties in Berinsfield, has also been awarded £98,380.

The news follows significant recent engagement with the local community as part of the Berinsfield Community Investment Scheme which is actively involving residents in determining how their community develops.  The main aim is to find a balance between the needs for new homes and creating a sustainable community with supporting infrastructure and facilities for current and future residents.

The grant will help South Oxfordshire District Council pay for technical studies to ensure that Highways and utilities will have capacity for development proposed at Berinsfield.  It will also help pay for detailed design work to support an outline planning application for improvements that local people want and provide additional resources to engage with local people to ensure accelerated delivery of new homes and community facilities for the well-being of local people.

Cllr John Cotton, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Berinsfield. This funding is a major boost for the regeneration project and for everyone’s ambitions for the area.  We’ve been working very positively with the local community to help ensure we can meet the needs for existing and future residents. We are really setting the standard for this type of project, so I’m delighted that the Government has given Berinsfield such a big thumbs up.”