Thousands of new homes will be built on previously derelict land as part of the plan to “level up” Britain, the Government has announced.
A total of £57.8 million will be given to councils across the UK to develop brownfield land – areas that have been previously built on but are no longer in use.
The investment will transform “unloved and disused” sites into “vibrant communities” with the demolition of derelict buildings and other unused sites, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) said.
Making the most of previously developed land is a Government priority and it will help protect our cherished countryside and green spacesMichael Gove
The funds will also help get “hardworking” people on the property ladder and boost local communities, as well as protecting countryside and other green spaces, the department said.
As well as the 5,600 extra homes, the investment could also support up to 17,000 jobs across the housing and construction sector and the wider economy, the DLUHC said.
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, said: “We are levelling up and backing home ownership in every corner of the country, delivering new high-quality, affordable homes and creating thriving places where people want to live, work and visit.
“Making the most of previously developed land is a Government priority and it will help protect our cherished countryside and green spaces.”
The DLUHC said an allocation of £5 million would be given for self and custom-build projects, giving local people the opportunity to build and design their own homes.
Cabinet Office minister Lord Agnew said: “This support being provided to local authorities is another clear demonstration of this Government’s commitment to levelling up the country.
“The latest projects to benefit from this support, through brownfield land release funding, will not only help unlock underused public sector sites for homes, but also help deliver jobs and save taxpayers’ money.”