The Liverpool City Region has been awarded over £300,000 as part of a government plan to speed up planning decisions and deliver more new homes.
The first wave of the Planning Delivery Fund, totalling £15.8 million, is designed to allow councils to process more applications, implement new reforms and train planners to tackle housing challenges faced in their local area.
The Liverpool City Region will receive £331,700 overall – £60,600 in 2017/18 with a further £271,100 in 2018/19.
Dominic Raab, minister of state for housing and planning, says: “This cash boost ensures councils have the resources needed to make quicker decisions on planning applications, delivering quality housing at a faster rate.
“It’s part of our strategy to build the homes this country needs whilst also supporting residents to have their say on the kind of development that takes place in their area.”
Elsewhere in the North West, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority has been handed £950,000 to deliver a new place team, create new mayoral development corporations and provide additional resources to deliver investment.