Government announces flagship Brownfield Land Release Fund

The Government has announced that new homes are to be built on derelict sites as part of an initiative to develop brownfield land and regenerate communities.

The Brownfield Land Release Fund announced by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) will allocate a further £11 million to councils to develop brownfield land into good quality housing, releasing land for more than 6,800 homes by 2024 and creating more than 21,000 jobs in the process.

The flagship scheme will support 23 redevelopment schemes across 15 councils and will see unloved and disused sites transformed into vibrant communities, with tired, derelict buildings demolished and new roads and infrastructure built.

The announcement follows the allocation of £58 million last month to 53 local councils across the country, in the first tranche of the BLRF,  which released £25 million of funding to self and custom build projects. Further funding for self and custom build projects is expected to be announced shortly.

Projects allocated funding under the Brownfield Land Release Fund include:

  • Stoke-on-Trent: A former refuse destruction site on Booth Street will be redeveloped with £700,000 of BLRF funding. This funding will release land for the development of 118 new homes, 90% of which will be affordable housing including social rent homes for older people.
  • Hythe: In Hythe, the District Council will receive £2 million towards the site remediation costs of a former waste tip on this council-led development. The regeneration will deliver 150 new homes, a new leisure centre and improved public spaces and parkland.
  • Barrow: In Barrow-in-Furness, Barrow Borough Council will receive £1.5 million to improve roads, infrastructure and utilities for the Marina Village development and key employment sites, close to the town centre. The funding will release land for 315 new homes.
  • Gloucester: A major redevelopment of a derelict former cattle market site at St Oswalds Park will be supported by the BLRF to deliver 180 new homes. The St Oswalds Park redevelopment is part of the regeneration work across the city supported by government, which includes the £20 million investment from the Levelling Up Fund.
  • Chorley: In Chorley £1.1 million will help bring forward the proposed re-development of a council-owned site on Bengal Street, demolishing existing buildings and addressing ground contamination to deliver a mixed use scheme incorporating residential, retail and leisure space.

Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said:

Our brownfield-first approach is transforming underused sites into thriving communities where people want to live, work and visit.

The investment we are announcing today will help people onto the property ladder, create jobs, deliver new infrastructure and provide a boost to local communities as we level up across the country.”

The government’s approach to redeveloping brownfield land is also being supported by more than £1.8 billion announced at the Budget to renew and restore sites to unlock a further 160,000 homes. This builds on the £475 million the government has provided in the past 18 months to deliver over 31,000 homes on brownfield land.

In addition, £14.2 million of funding to 14 estates across England was also announced to support communities and level up local communities across the country.

 

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