Derelict sites across the country will be transformed into new homes under a flagship government scheme to regenerate brownfield land, boost local communities and support people onto the property ladder.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has announced the allocation of a further £11m from the Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF) to support 23 redevelopment schemes across 15 councils.
The projects will see unloved and disused sites transformed into vibrant communities, with tired, derelict buildings demolished and new roads and infrastructure built.
It follows the allocation of £58m in October to 53 local councils across the country in the first tranche of the BLRF.
The government said the additional funding will support more areas to deliver new homes and revitalise much loved towns and cities.
Funding allocated from the BLRF so far will release land for more than 6,800 homes by March 2024 and create more than 21,000 jobs in the housing and construction sectors and wider economy as part of the government’s mission to level up communities across the UK.
Commenting, Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher 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 £1.8bn announced at the Budget to renew and restore sites to unlock a further 160,000 homes.
This builds on the £475m the government has provided in the past 18 months to deliver over 31,000 homes on brownfield land.
In addition, £14.2m of funding to 14 estates across England was also announced to support communities and level up local communities across the country.
The BLRF is delivered by the One Public Estate programme, a collaboration between DLUHC, the Local Government Association and the Cabinet Office.
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