Brownfield sites see new homes to level up the country

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced funding for three regions, which will see new places to live and work created.

The funding will see the regeneration of brownfield sites, creating 2,500 new homes and boosting local economies.

West Midlands, Greater Manchester and the Tees Valley Combined Authorities have been awarded their share of £30M funding to regenerate brownfield sites across the three regions as part of the government’s plan to level up communities across the country.

The funding – first announced in the Levelling Up White Paper – will support young people and families into home ownership and protect cherished green spaces by transforming unsightly derelict buildings and car parks.

A further £8M from the Brownfield Land Release Fund has also been allocated to 13 councils across England to deliver almost 900 homes, boost the self and custom build sector, support small and medium sized building firms and create thousands of jobs. While some £4.45M has also been awarded to 16 local areas under the One Public Estate (OPE) programme, which will support councils to work with central government and public sector partners to unlock public sector land for an additional 3,000 new homes over the next ten years, creating 4,500 jobs

Housing Minister Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP said: “Transforming derelict brownfield sites into vibrant places where people want to live and work is a key part of our mission to level up the country and is something I have supported for my entire career.

“Our levelling up plans for housing will be guided by this brownfield first approach, this includes the building of more self and custom build homes which will be a boost for small builders and create thousands of jobs.”

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