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After being championed by the Prime Minister last week, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has announced new funding for building on brownfield land.

Almost £58m from the £75m Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF) has been allocated to 53 councils. The funding will see an extra 5,600 homes built on these sites.

The funding could also support up to 17,000 jobs across the housing and construction sector and the wider economy.

As part of the release, the Government say that “boosting housing supply is central to the Levelling Up agenda.”

Today’s allocations include £5m for self and custom build projects. A further £20m from the BLRF has also been designated to help accelerate the self and custom build sector.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up, 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.”

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 under-used public sector sites for homes but also help deliver jobs and save taxpayers’ money.”

Cllr James Jamieson, Local Government Association Chairman, 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.”


Local authority Grant amount (£)
Harrogate Borough Council 50,000
West Oxfordshire District Council 78,000
Hastings Borough Council 142,000
Broxbourne Borough Council 160,000
Plymouth City Council 177,500
Wiltshire County UA 178,333
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 195,000
Bristol City Council 199,521
Fenland District Council 200,000
Great Yarmouth Borough Council 207,272
Nottingham City Council 222,000
Eastleigh Borough Council 260,000
Newark and Sherwood District Council 284,000
Greenwich London Borough 350,000
Lewisham London Borough 385,519
Adur District Council 407,000
Stroud District Council 421,000
Leicester City Council 443,400
Eastbourne Borough Council 470,000
Oxford City Council 479,440
Wokingham Borough Council 494,000
North Devon District Council 500,000
Rother District Council 500,000
Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough 509,188
Essex County Council 516,800
Peterborough City Council 550,000
Staffordshire County Council 581,800
Durham County UA 626,066
Isles of Scilly Council 664,250
Stevenage Borough Council 750,000
Derby City Council 825,000
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames 849,522
Teignbridge District Council 860,474
Isle of Wight Council 949,765
Worcestershire County Council 985,000
North Somerset Council 1,075,000
Torbay Council 1,090,000
Folkestone and Hythe District Council 1,150,000
Camden London Borough 1,566,277
Barnet London Borough 1,780,000
South Tyneside Council 1,850,000
Herefordshire Council 2,000,000
Reading Borough Council 2,000,000
South Gloucestershire Council 2,020,000
Dorset Council (UA) 2,103,255
Bracknell Forest Council 2,340,266
Cornwall County UA 2,450,000
Brighton and Hove City Council 2,497,112
Portsmouth City Council 2,563,000
City of York Council 2,640,479
Waltham Forest London Borough 3,372,320
Haringey London Borough 3,886,214
Exeter City Council 5,966,470