Housing: the government specifies the terms of its assistance to building mayors

Communities building beyond a density threshold defined by municipality will benefit from aid of 100 euros per square meter of new housing area. Municipalities that do not comply with the SRU law on social housing or those located in “relaxed zones” and wishing to build on bare land are excluded from the system.

The government wants to encourage the construction of housing in large cities, while fighting against the artificialization of soils and urban sprawl.

The government announced in early September, during the presentation of its economic recovery plan, the release of an envelope of 350 million euros over two years to encourage mayors to densify cities. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Ecological Transition specified the terms of this aid intended to encourage the construction of housing while fighting against the artificialization of soils. And who must support the municipalities in the financing of equipment and public facilities.

Automatic payment

Are thus concerned “the local authorities developing dense housing programs authorized for construction from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2022”, indicates a press release from the ministry. The payment of aid, calculated on the basis of the building permits issued, will be automatic. Houses are excluded from the device, which is reserved for buildings.

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Similarly, municipalities that do not comply with article 55 of the SRU law on social housing quotas will not be able to benefit from it. Ditto for those located in “zone C of the ABC zoning relating to the tension of the housing market”, that is to say the least tense, which would like to build on empty land. This with the aim of fighting against urban sprawl.

Higher demands in large cities

The aid will be 100 euros per square meter of new housing area, beyond a density threshold defined by municipality (subject to compliance with the overall budgetary envelope). The requirements will be higher vis-à-vis the large metropolises. A 20% bonus is planned “for the municipalities concerned by a partnership development program (PPA)” between the State and the community or “a territorial revitalization operation”. The first installment will take place in November 2021.

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