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According to the Planning PortalCouncils are to get funding for brownfield land development
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has announced that £57.8 million has been allocated to 53 councils to develop brownfield land.
The money, which comes from the £75 million Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF), is to be allocated to regenerating local areas and helping people on to the property ladder.
The department said that “unsightly derelict” buildings can be demolished and disused car parks and garages developed to create “vibrant” communities in which people can live and work. The government believes that this will help to protect the countryside and green spaces.
It is convinced that an extra 5,600 homes could be built on these sites, and that the funding could also support up to 17,000 jobs across the housing and construction sector, as well as the wider economy.
Amongst the councils to receive funding are Broxbourne Borough Council (£160,000); Fenland District Council (£200,000); Newark and Sherwood District Council (£284,000); Lewisham London Borough (£385,519); Peterborough City Council (£550,000); South Gloucestershire Council (£2,020,000); and City of York Council (£2,640,479).
Levelling-up secretary Michael Gove 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 capital committed includes £5 million for self and custom-build projects, and a further £20 million from the BLRF has been designated to aid acceleration of the self and custom-build sector. Councils are now able to bid for this remaining funding.
James Jamieson, chairman at the Local Government Association (LGA), said: “One Public Estate and Brownfield Land Release Funding play a crucial role in supporting the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, and supporting councils to transform their assets, create better services, and release land for much-needed new homes and regeneration across the country.
“This latest news is more proof that this programme works. Councils recognise how valuable this support is, and are being ever more ambitious in their ideas to use this funding to kick-start transformation, regeneration, and new development in their communities.”
Victoria Hills, chief executive at the RTPI, said: “Councils should be encouraged by the allocation of £57.8 million from the government’s Brownfield Land Release Fund which will help build much-needed homes across the country.
“But homes alone are not enough to create communities. Projects delivered using these funds must also be supported by necessary infrastructure, such as transport links, which allow communities to thrive.
“The role of local planning authorities will be vital in ensuring that the funds received through this scheme are used effectively to create happy and healthy communities.”

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The Wildlife Trusts has issued a call to the government to:
Planning:
  • Make more space for nature everywhere including in towns and new developments. By 2030 we need to have protected 30 per cent of land and the seas for nature. Create a new designation, Wildbelt, which protects places, including degraded land, that is put into recovery for nature.
  • Ensure that planning reforms deliver the government’s legally binding target in the environment bill to halt species decline by 2030.

Peat:

  • Significantly increase peatland restoration and repair 100 per cent of upland peat before 2050.
  • Implement an immediate ban on peatland burning and end farming on deep peat.
  • Ban the sale and use of peat in gardening and compost products, including imports.

The sea:

  • Implement a ban on bottom-trawling the seabed in England.
  • Give all seagrass habitats highly protected status.
  • Renew pledges to protect coastal habitats and invest more in natural sea defences.

Woodland:

  • Increase the natural regeneration of woods and where this cannot be done, plant resilient native trees instead.
  • Ensure that a mix of trees is planted in every location so as to have the best chance of survival in unpredictable conditions and in the face of increased pests and diseases.

Farming:

  • Give a boost to sustainable farming that locks carbon into the soil and helps wildlife.
  • Publish details on how the Environmental Land Management Scheme will incentivise farmers to manage their land for nature-based solutions.
Regards,
Secretary,

 


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