Cash granted to develop more brownfield sites across the region - The Solihull Observer

Cash granted to develop more brownfield sites across the region

Solihull Editorial 9th Oct, 2021   0

THE West Midlands Combined Authority has secured £33million of government funding to drive forward plans for 7,500 homes on brownfield sites.

The WMCA has received the new money from the Brownfield Housing Fund (BHF), its second tranche of money from the initiative, bringing to £84 million earmarked for the authority over a three-year period.

This latest slice of cash will be focused on site clearance and remediation of ‘difficult to deliver’ brownfield sites ready for new homes and regeneration projects.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “By using government cash to clean-up derelict industrial land we’ve helped create thousands of new homes and jobs, whilst also protecting our precious and irreplaceable greenbelt.”

The WMCA investment requires at least 20 per cent of the new homes be classed as affordable under the combined authority’s own definition of affordability which is linked to real-world local wages rather than property prices.

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