One Public Estate: Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF2) Round 2 Funding Awards announced

On 9 October 2023, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) announced that £60m has been awarded under Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF2) to nearly 100 local authority regeneration projects in England.

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On 9 October 2023 DLUHC announced that £60m has been allocated under the Brownfield Land Release Fund 2 (BLRF2) to nearly 100 local authority regeneration projects in England. This forms the second round of a three year BLRF2 programme which will see up to £180m of funding being rolled out via the One Public Estate (OPE) programme.

Across the country from Hull to Somerset, funding will help councils to build more than 6,000 new homes on brownfield sites, transforming unused, redundant or derelict sites into thriving neighbourhoods. Derelict car parks, industrial sites and town centre buildings that have fallen into disrepair will all benefit from the new funding, with the government supporting communities to bring land back into use.

This builds on the successes of the first round of the Brownfield Land Release Fund 2, where funding is enabling release of land for almost 2,400 homes.

To date, the fund is supporting at least 89 local authorities, over 160 projects, and providing almost £100 million to support councils to release land for almost 8,600 homes.

Councillor Shaun Davies, Chair of the Local Government Association, said: 

We are delighted to continue our work with DLUHC, supporting councils to access the Brownfield Land Release Fund. 

Councils have continued to embrace opportunities to bring brownfield sites in their ownership forward for housing, and this fund plays a key role in helping councils to provide the types of homes their communities really need.

DLUHC has confirmed that the next round of funding through Brownfield Land Release Fund 2 will be announced later this year.

As with previous schemes, the BLRF2 is delivered through OPE, a partnership between the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Office of Government Property and the Local Government Association. One Public Estate is a cross public sector programme, aimed at bringing public sector bodies together, to create better places by using public assets more efficiently, creating service and financial benefits for partners and releasing land for housing and regeneration. 

Find out more about the Brownfield Land Release Fund.

  Local authority Total Funding BLRF Award (£)
1 Adur £268,485
2 Arun District Council £628,322
3 Basildon Borough Council £1,860,357
4 Bath & North East Somerset Council £204,375
5 Breckland Council £425,000
6 Brighton and Hove £526,400
7 Bristol City Council £124,482
8 Buckinghamshire Council £690,000
9 Burnley Borough Council £416,312
10 Bury £1,731,015
11 Cornwall Council £485,040
12 Darlington Borough Council £262,450
13 Derby City Council £570, 686
14 Devon County Council £386,000
15 Dover District Council £480,000
16 East Suffolk District Council £4,203,800
17 Folkestone & Hythe District Council £2,500,000
18 Gloucester City Council £477,903
19 Halton Borough Council £291,000
20 Isle of Wight Council £426,639
21 Kingston upon Hull City Council £980,000
22 Kirklees Council £210,100
23 Lancaster City Council £1,439,016
24 Leicester City Council £713,435
25 London Borough of Barnet £575,000
26 London Borough of Bromley £720,000
27 London Borough of Lewisham £545,778
28 London Borough of Merton £130,000
29 London Borough of Newham £2,391,974
30 Maidstone Borough Council £2,109,860
31 Medway Council £3,968,371
32 Mid Devon District Council £660,000
33 Mole Valley District Council £560,000
34 New Forest District Council £324,303
35 Newcastle upon Tyne City Council £1,819,123
36 Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council £3,151,226
37 Oxford City Council £340,213
38 Plymouth £353,250
39 Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council £425,951
40 Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council £431,746
41 Rushmoor Borough Council £1,725,636
42 Salford City Council £3,000,000
43 Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council £1,371,193
44 Sheffield City Council £753, 944
45 Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council £1,050,000
46 Somerset Council £213,800
47 Southampton City Council £1,084,000
48 Stevenage Borough Council £599,705
49 Sunderland City Council £3,134,543
50 Swale Borough Council £943,499
51 Thanet District Council £685,275
52 Torbay £950,000
53 Trafford Council £1,930,000
54 Warwick District Council £1,007,440
55 Warwickshire County Council £200,000
56 Waverley Borough Council £115,000
57 West Northamptonshire £750,000
58 Wigan Council £1,042,464
59 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council £2,325,000
60 Wyre Forest District Council £725,000