100 regeneration projects will support thousands of new jobs and boost communities.

More than 6,000 new homes will be built on brownfield sites, through money given to councils to transform unused land into beautiful and thriving neighbourhoods.  

Across the country, from Hull to Somerset, nearly 100 regeneration projects will receive £60 million from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. 

The investment is part of the second phase of the £180 million Brownfield Land Release Fund, with cash going directly to councils so they can release the land and get building as soon as possible. 

Derelict car parks, industrial sites and town centre buildings that have fallen into disrepair will all benefit from the new funding, with the Government supporting communities to bring land back into use. 

The Government has been clear it has a brownfield-first approach to building the homes this country needs through its long-term plan for housing and today’s announcement will help deliver that.  

Minister for Housing and Planning, Rachel Maclean MP said:

We know we need to build more homes, but this cannot come at the expense of concreting over our precious countryside. 

That is why we are doing all we can to make sure we’re making use of wasteland and unused brownfield land, so we can turn these eyesores into beautiful and thriving communities. 

This is all part of our long-term plan for housing – making sure we deliver the homes we need across the country.

Minister for Housing and Planning, Rachel Maclean MP. Photo credit: UK Gov / Redditch Standard

Cabinet Office Minister, Alex Burghart MP:

This funding will unleash the much-needed redevelopment of brownfield sites: stimulating growth and helping local areas reach their full potential.  

It’s fantastic news for business, and even better news for local people who will now see new investment, job opportunities, and family homes in their communities.” 

Projects that will benefit from the scheme include: 

  • Newcastle: £1.82 million to boost wider regeneration by releasing a complex site to deliver 146 build-to-rent homes for communities in Benwell and Scotswood.  
  • Hull: delivering 99 new homes for affordable rent on the site of a derelict school, backed by £980,000 Government funding as part of the city centre regeneration.  
  • Sunderland: turning a former riverside industrial site that has been unused for over 20 years into 140 low-carbon build to rent homes at Farringdon Row, with £1.8 million for Sunderland Council to kick-start the project.  

Councillor Shaun Davies, Chair of the Local Government Association, said: 

We are delighted to continue our work with DLUHC, supporting councils to access the Brownfield Land Release Fund.  

Councils have continued to embrace opportunities to bring brownfield sites in their ownership forward for housing, and this fund plays a key role in helping councils to provide the types of homes their communities really need.

This builds on the success of the first round of Brownfield Land Release Fund 2, where funding is enabling the release of land for almost 2,400 homes.  

To date, the fund is supporting at least 89 local authorities, over 160 projects, and providing almost £100 million to support councils to release land for almost 8,600 homes. At the same time, the £1 billion Brownfield, Infrastructure and Land Fund will unlock up to 65,000 new homes across England. 
 
The next round of funding through Brownfield Land Release Fund 2 will be announced later this year.  

The fund is part of the Government’s long-term plan for housing, setting out how it will deliver its manifesto commitment of 1 million homes over this Parliament. This is backed by £10 billion in housing supply interventions announced over this Parliament.

The department has also confirmed today that South Ribble and Cornwall councils have received funding from phase one of the brownfield fund.

As with the previous scheme, this fund will be delivered through the One Public Estate – a partnership between the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Office of Government Property and the Local Government Association. Find out more about the latest One Public Estate funding.

Funding allocations

Local AuthorityTotal Funding BLRF Award (£)
1Adur£268,485
2Arun District Council£628,322
3Basildon Borough Council£1,860,357
4Bath & North East Somerset Council£204,375
5Breckland Council£425,000
6Brighton and Hove£526,400
7Bristol City Council£124,482
8Buckinghamshire Council£690,000
9Burnley Borough Council£416,312
10Bury£1,731,015
11Cornwall Council£485,040
12Darlington Borough Council£262,450
13Derby City Council£570, 686
14Devon County Council£386,000
15Dover District Council£480,000
16East Suffolk District Council£4,203,800
17Folkestone & Hythe District Council£2,500,000
18Gloucester City Council£477,903
19Halton Borough Council£291,000
20Isle of Wight Council£426,639
21Kingston upon Hull City Council£980,000
22Kirklees Council£210,100
23Lancaster City Council£1,439,016
24Leicester City Council£713,435
25London Borough of Barnet£575,000
26London Borough of Bromley£720,000
27London Borough of Lewisham£545,778
28London Borough of Merton£130,000
29London Borough of Newham£2,391,974
30Maidstone Borough Council£2,109,860
31Medway Council£3,968,371
32Mid Devon District Council£660,000
33Mole Valley District Council£560,000
34New Forest District Council£324,303
35Newcastle upon Tyne City Council£1,819,123
36Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council£3,151,226
37Oxford City Council£340,213
38Plymouth£353,250
39Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council£425,951
40Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council£431,746
41Rushmoor Borough Council£1,725,636
42Salford City Council£3,000,000
43Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council£1,371,193
44Sheffield City Council£753, 944
45Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council£1,050,000
46Somerset Council£213,800
47Southampton City Council£1,084,000
48Stevenage Borough Council£599,705
49Sunderland City Council£3,134,543
50Swale Borough Council£943,499
51Thanet District Council£685,275
52Torbay£950,000
53Trafford Council£1,930,000
54Warwick District Council£1,007,440
55Warwickshire County Council£200,000
56Waverley Borough Council£115,000
57West Northamptonshire£750,000
58Wigan Council£1,042,464
59Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council£2,325,000
60Wyre Forest District Council£725,000

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