The government has announced that thousands of new homes will be built on previously abandoned land as part of the UK “leveling” plan.
A total of £ 57.8 million will be given to communities across the UK to develop fallow land – areas previously built but no longer in use.
The investment will turn “unloved and abandoned” land into “living communities” by demolishing derelict buildings and other unused land, said the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).
Making the most of already developed land is a government priority and will help protect our cherished landscapes and green spaces.
The funds will also help put “hardworking” people on the property ladder and empower local communities as well as protect landscapes and other green spaces, the department said.
In addition to the 5,600 additional apartments, the investments could also support up to 17,000 jobs in the housing and construction sectors as well as in the economy as a whole, said the DLUHC.
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Leveling Up, said, “We are leveling and promoting home ownership in every corner of the country, delivering new quality, affordable homes and creating thriving places for people to live, work and visit.
“Making the most of already developed land is a government priority and will help protect our cherished landscapes and green spaces.”
The DLUHC said a £ 5 million allocation will be earmarked for self-build and bespoke projects that will allow locals to build and design their own homes.
Cabinet Office Minister Lord Agnew said: “This support given to local authorities is yet another clear demonstration of this government’s commitment to leveling the country.
“The recent projects that benefit from this brownfield funding will not only help free up unused public-sector land for housing, but will also help create jobs and save taxpayers’ money.”
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