Yorkshire shares in £60m fund to transform brownfield land

The Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has confirmed a £60m national investment in 100 regeneration projects which will see more than 6,000 new homes be built on brownfield sites.

It forms part of the second phase of the £180m Brownfield Land Release Fund, with cash going directly to councils so they can release 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.

Funding allocations from the investment in Yorkshire include: Hull City Council – £980,000; Kirklees Council – £210,100; Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council – £431,746; and Sheffield City Council – £753,944.

The money for Hull will help deliver 99 new homes for affordable rent on the site of a derelict school.

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.”

Cabinet Office Minister, Alex Burghart MP, added: “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.”