£41m boost for brownfield development will see a further 2700 homes built

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£41m boost for brownfield development will see a further 2,700 homes built

  • More than £41m will be invested in developing 21 sites across Greater Manchester
  • This is a further tranche of funding through Greater Manchester’s £97m Brownfield Housing Fund allocation
  • This second phase of funding will deliver 2,720 homes, half of which will be affordable housing
  • Up to 8,300 homes could be delivered across the city-region thanks to the five-year funding

Brownfield land across Greater Manchester is set to be converted into sites for more than 2,700 new homes, as part of the second phase of a £97m development fund.

At a meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) next Friday 26 March, leaders will be asked to approve an allocation of £41m to develop a further 21 brownfield sites across the city-region.

The funding is the second tranche of an initial £81m allocated to Greater Manchester from the Government’s Brownfield Housing Fund to unlock brownfield sites for development. An additional tranche of £15.8m was secured by the GMCA in February of this year and allocated to deliver a further 1,325 homes, taking Greater Manchester’s total Brownfield Housing Fund allocation to £97m. Twenty-four schemes were identified to benefit from the first £37.2m tranche of the five-year funding allocation, delivering 4,318 homes across sites in all 10 boroughs.

Of the 2,720 homes planned for this second phase of the scheme, around half – 1,350 – would be affordable housing. This is in addition to the 1,100 affordable housing units expected to be delivered through the first phase.

All brownfield sites identified for development were assessed on their viability and how they support the principles of the Greater Manchester Strategy.

The announcement supports the ambition of Greater Manchester leaders to take a brownfield first approach to development. Leaders set out this approach as part of the previous Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, and the Places for Everyone plan will also have a brownfield first preference towards development in order to meet the Government’s housing targets while minimising the impact on the green belt.

If this second tranche is approved, 8,363 homes on brownfield sites will be unlocked through the Brownfield Housing Fund. This is in addition to the 6,856 homes built as a consequence of £506.7m of investments in 54 schemes across the city-region by the Greater Manchester Housing Investment Loans Fund.

The full list of sites including two in Bolton, Central Street and Moor Lane can be found here.

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