BIRMINGHAM: Up to 7,500 new homes across the West Midlands are to be built on former industrial land after Boris Johnson today (Tuesday June 30) announced an extra £84 million to expand the region’s trailblazing brownfield regeneration programme.
Unveiling a £5 billion infrastructure investment package to help drive the UK’s post-Covid-19 recovery during a visit to Dudley, the Prime Minister revealed his economic stimulus included £400 million to support brownfield redevelopment across Britain – something the West Midlands has been campaigning for.
The Prime Minister’s decision to award more than a fifth of that funding to the region means hundreds more acres of derelict land can now be regenerated, building on the footsteps of numerous stalled schemes the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has unlocked over the last two years.
Since the £100 million Brownfield Fund was given to the WMCA as part of its Housing Deal in March 2018, sites such as Friar Park in Sandwell, the largest brownfield housing site in the region, have been made ready for redevelopment by the WMCA.
Last week the region submitted a £3.2 billion West Midlands investment plan to Government, which included a request for further funding for brownfield land regeneration.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “The West Midlands has been leading the way since 2018 on regenerating brownfield land to create thousands of new homes, and I am pleased the Prime Minister has given us the cash needed to keep the work going at pace. It is also encouraging that just one week after submitting our £3.2 billion investment plan to Government, one of the requests has already started to come to fruition.