Immediately before the pre-election period began an updated list of Forward Fund projects successful in their bids for funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) was published. The funding aims to deliver infrastructure to ease the construction of new homes and is a key government pillar to support the accelerated delivery of housing.

This included good news for the West of England region and news that North Somerset Council has been successful in its bid for £97million towards enabling Infrastructure for future housing in the M5-A38 development corridor.

North Somerset's news release states that the infrastructure needed includes: 900 new secondary school places at Locking parklands, a new road to bypass the village of Banwell and local road and path improvements. 

Further the news release states that detailed plans will now be drawn up with the aim of releasing designs for public consultation in 2020. The infrastructure should be in place by 2024.

North Somerset Council has stated that the much needed bypass around Banwell and providing vital a link between North Somerset and Bristol will have a hugely positive impact on residents' access to jobs, and the area’s economy.

A number of further funding approvals for projects in the wider South West region will also be very good news to the wider region.