Friday, July 10, 2020

Brownfield Land Fund allocation sees West Yorks devolution deal begin delivering

The West Yorkshire devolution deal is already delivering for the region after securing an allocation within the recently announced Brownfield Land Fund.

The scheme is part of the £5 billion worth of investment announced in Boris Johnson’s plan to support the nation’s economy.

It has allocated £400 million to the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Liverpool City Region, Sheffield City Region, and North of Tyne and Tees Valley to support around 24,000 homes.

Of this, West Yorkshire has secured £67 million to help deliver homes on brownfield land.

“The £67 million we have secured to help deliver thousands of homes on brownfield land shows how the West Yorkshire devolution deal we struck in March is already delivering for our communities,” said Cllr Tim Swift, deputy chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and leader of Calderdale Council.

“Thanks to the devolution deal and our track record of delivery we did not have to bid for this funding. We have been allocated funding on the same basis as areas which already have elected mayors, ensuring we can put this money to work as quickly as possible to unlock development sites.

“Creating well-connected neighbourhoods delivering urgently needed affordable homes is central to our drive to create an economy that works for all our communities.”

Announced back in March, the West Yorkshire devolution deal unlocks more than £1.8 billion in investment to drive up living standards through better transport, improved skills and stronger businesses, whilst also talking the climate emergency.

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