New government drive to develop brownfield land

Derelict sites across the country will be transformed into new homes under a flagship government scheme to regenerate brownfield land.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has revealed that allocation of a further £11 million from the Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF) to support 23 redevelopment schemes across 15 councils. This follows the allocation of £58 million last month to 53 local councils across the country.

The latest projects will see unloved and disused sites transformed into vibrant communities, with tired, derelict buildings demolished and new roads and infrastructure built.

Projects include Barrow Borough Council using £1.5 million to improve roads, infrastructure and utilities for the Marina Village development, a major redevelopment of a derelict former cattle market site at St Oswalds Park, Gloucester, and a former refuse destruction site in Stoke-on-Trent will be redeveloped with £700,000 of BLRF funding.

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 £1.8 billion announced at the Budget to renew and restore sites to unlock a further 160,000 homes.

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