- Up to £40 million allocated to help councils transform unused sites into high-quality, new homes
- 60 regeneration projects from Exeter to Sunderland set to support thousands of new jobs, drive local growth and level up the country
- Forms the first phase of £180 million Brownfield Land Release Fund which will continue to be rolled out over next two years
Thousands of new homes will be built on derelict land to create thriving communities and help level up the country, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced today (19 November 2022).
Almost £40 million from the £180 million Brownfield Land Release Fund 2 has been allocated to 42 councils to help kickstart regeneration in towns and cities.
The funding will bring unloved, council-owned land back into use, by transforming redundant industrial sites, disused car parks and derelict buildings into new places for people to live.
Darlington has been awarded £223,049 which will be used to re-vamp and make ready derelict land around Central Park.
Peter Gibson MP said “I welcome this investment, It is encouraging to see a renewed focus and investment toward brownfield sites, which will help deliver more housing while protecting green spaces and making the best use of existing infrastructure.
“Central Park is a key development site in Darlington and it is great to see that the site will now be able to be utilised to it’s full potential”
A total of 60 regeneration projects from Exeter to Sunderland will see 2,229 homes - including over 800 affordable homes - built for local communities. This will help more young people and families onto the housing ladder and generate up to 12,400 new jobs in housing and construction.
The new fund, announced today, forms part of the government's plan to level up the country - ensuring local areas can achieve their full potential, while also protecting the country's green spaces.