Bracknell Forest Council have submitted a bid for a share of the government’s Levelling Up Fund to assist the regeneration of Bracknell town centre.
With £4.8 billion worth of funding to be shared around proposals but forward by local authorities around the country, the government’s flagship Levelling Up project aims to end regional inequalities, support regeneration, increase investment, and provide opportunities for residents.
The newly appointed Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities, Greg Clarke, replaced the outgoing Michael Gove at the start of the month, and he announced the opening of the second phase of bidding recently. Speaking about the opening of the second phase and the importance of the levelling up project, Clarke said:
“I am determined to press full steam ahead with levelling up communities across the United Kingdom.
“The Levelling Up Fund can provide the investment needed to make a project that communities have been dreaming of for years a reality.
“So, I’m delighted to open applications for the second round of the Levelling Up Fund and I’m looking forward to seeing proposals that will make a positive impact on people’s lives.’”
Councillor Marc Brunel-Walker, Executive member for economic development and regeneration, said:
“The council has worked on a bid to support the ongoing regeneration of the town centre, supporting leisure and cultural facilities as part of the proposed Deck development.”
This bid follows the successful awarding of over £2.3 million to Bracknell Forest Council, from the government’s Brownfield Land Release Fund, where they were able to support three regeneration projects in the area. The awarding, which came at the end of 2021, helped to redevelop a section of Bracknell town centre, as well as securing a new site to provide affordable housing for local people.