• More than 17,000 new homes to be created with new £180m fund

  • Councils will be able to apply for the first £40m from today, with a further £140m to be made available over the next 2 years

  • Builds on the success of the previous £77m fund to support the regeneration of disused old properties

Derelict and underused sites across England will be transformed into thousands of new homes, creating thriving communities and uplifting the country, the Department for Upgrading, Housing and Communities announced today (8 July 2022).

From today, councils will be able to apply for the new £180m Brownfield Land Release Fund 2, which will help transform brownfield sites into 17,600 new homes and create around 54,000 jobs over the next 4 years.

An initial £40m is available to support local regeneration projects, freeing up urban land for around 4,000 new homes (and creating 12,400 jobs). This move will boost the local economy and help thousands of young people and families get housing. The remaining £140 million from Brownfield Land Release Fund 2 will be available to councils over the next 2 years.

The scheme is part of the Government’s plan to boost communities across the country and transform unloved areas into new places for people to live and work

Government Efficiency Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said:

Opening up this land is a fantastic opportunity to regenerate, improve government efficiency and play a vital role in tackling the housing shortage whilst increasing home ownership. I am pleased to see that after many attempts over decades this work is being done.

It will boost the economy, help create thousands of jobs, and transform neglected and unloved land into beautiful new farms or villages, enabling many young families to take their first step on the housing ladder.

The fund aims to support the transformation of small council-owned sites that have been previously developed by funding small infrastructure and rehabilitation works to free up land for new homes.

It builds on the success of the first Brownfield Land Release Fund, which saw £77 million go to councils across the country to release brownfield sites for around 7,750 new homes, such as:

  • As part of this partnership, Lancashire One Public Estate is providing £670,000 to support land reclamation at the Griffin Housing redevelopment site in Blackburn. This allowed Phase 1 of the site to proceed and deliver 140 new homes for affordable rent or shared ownership.

  • In Blackpool, £400,000 secured a new traffic system for construction in Ryscar Way. An improved access road has opened up land for 51 new homes.

  • In Rotherham, £300,000 has unlocked the site of 2 former care homes for adults to provide 44 new homes for first time home buyers and older people in the region.

As with the previous scheme, the new fund will be delivered through the One Public Estate partnership between the Department for Upgrading, Housing and Communities, the Public Property Authority and the Local Government Association.

Councils will be able to draw on their understanding of local needs when determining the type, ownership and approach to letting new homes. They have until August 19, 2022 to submit their applications through the designated reporting body of their local OPE partnership.

Additional information

Rates will be assessed against a number of gateway criteria including: market failure; availability; and value for money.

The prioritization of applications will include an assessment of strategic rationale, innovation and consideration of the application’s ability to meet the council’s public sector equality commitments, combined with place-based metrics.

To support the development of new local plans, councils will receive extra points if they can demonstrate that they support the plan development process.

Capital grant funding is available to all English councils. Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) are eligible, as are their constituent councils.

Additional information about applications for the second round of the Brownfield Land Release fund available on the Local Government Association website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/derelict-sites-to-be-transformed-into-new-homes-as-new-brownfield-fund-opens

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