Land Release Fund Announcement

£45m funding boost to support councils unlock land for thousands of homes.


A £45 million cash injection into key community projects will help kick-start the building of thousands of new homes, as announced by Housing Minister Dominic Raab on 16 February 2018.

As part of Government’s drive to get Britain building homes again, a total of 79 projects from Newcastle to Plymouth will receive funding to support building up to 7,280 homes on council owned land.

To support local councils to meet their ambition to unlock enough of land they own for at least 160,000 homes by 2020, they will be able to use the Land Release Fund money to combat barriers which would otherwise make land unusable for development.

The projects – which aim to support building strong communities - include a range of necessary works such as asbestos removal and bat alleviation, as well as schemes that will significantly improve quality of life such as essential relocating of a pelican crossing.

This move comes two weeks after the projects set to benefit from the first wave of funding from the £5bn Housing Infrastructure Fund were announced, helping to get up to 200,000 homes off the ground through investment in local housing projects. This is part of the Government’s comprehensive strategy of planning reform and targeted investment to build 300,000 homes a year.

Housing and Planning Minister Dominic Raab said:

"We are investing £45 million to build roads and provide utilities, so councils can release the land to get up to 7,280 new homes built.

“It's part of our strategy to build the homes Britain needs, and carry local communities with us.

“We're determined to make buying or renting more affordable for young families and those on low or middle incomes."

Projects from Newcastle to Plymouth will receive funding from the Land Release Fund, which will enable:

Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire, to build new roads, roundabouts, and utility services, which will unlock up to 330 homes potentially built with Japanese modular housing techniques. The works will cost £1.7 million.

Worcester to demolish a leisure centre and undergo asbestos decontamination works near its city centre, helping to unlock up to 50 homes. The project will cost £750,000.

Paignton, Devon, to build a new 350m sewer, drainage upgrades and two new roads, which will help unlock up to 200 homes. The works will cost £1.9 million.

Brighton, Sussex, to divert a public sewer and make electricity substation and highways improvements. The £335,000 project will help unlock up to 30 homes.

The Land Release Fund is being administered through a partnership with the Local Government Association and Cabinet Office’s One Public Estate (OPE) programme, which provides councils with funding and access to practical support to deliver property-based projects with wider public sector partners, including central government departments.

OPE already works with over 90% of councils in England to transform local communities and services through large scale economic growth, delivering new jobs and new homes

To find out more about the programme, contact onepublicestate@local.gov.uk

Local Authority funding awards for Land Release Fund projects

Local Authority Project LRF Funding 2017/18 LRF Funding 2018/19 LRF Funding 2019/20
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Newfield Dev Area £32,000    
Fishmoor Drive £35,000    
Blackburn with Darwen - Griffin £670,000    
Blackpool Council Blackpool - Bispham Road £1,050,000    
Blackpool Rd - Poulton £300,000 £790,000 £610,000
Blackpool - Ryscar Way £250,000 £100,000 £50,000
Breckland Council Shipdham £300,000    
Brighton & Hove City Council Kensington Street £36,000 £108,000  
Victoria Road £144,000 £226,000  
Selsfield Drive £80,000 £255,000  
Bristol City Council Haldon Close Bristol, BS3 5LW £220,000    
2-20 Filwood Broadway, Bristol £390,000    
Kingswear, Knowle West. £250,000    
Bath Rd, Totterdown £270,000    
Whitehouse Centre, Fulford Rd £2,680,000    
Broadland District Council Rosebery Road, Great Plumstead £160,000    
Durham County Council Former Stanley School of Technology Housing Develop   £50,000 £1,200,000
Self-Build Housing Development  £810,000    
Essex County Council Moulsham (Chelmsford) £125,757    
St Peters (Chelmsford) £925,000    
Friary (Maldon) £70,000 £185,735  
Rocheway/Millview (Rochford) £422,110    
Hampshire County Council Mill Chase Academy £1,200,000    
Hartlepool Borough Council Seaton Lane Sites   £112,000 £93,000
Herefordshire Council Bromyard Depot £225,000    
London Borough of Barnet Pinkham Way £250,000 £1,250,000  
London Borough of Bexley West Street     £142,093
Walnut tree depot £250,753    
Bridge Street Road £117,018    
Nags Head Lane - Bexley     £91,943
London Borough of Lambeth Fenwick South £825,000    
Luton Council Taylor Street £855,545    
Maidstone Borough Council Brunswick St / Union St £658,000    
Mendip District Council Easthill, Frome     £420,000
Cemetery lane, Street £210,000    
Norbins Road, Glastonbury     £84,000
North Parade, Frome     £112,000
Newcastle on Tyne City Council NCC Package of sites (Losh Terrace, Manor Park, Wansford Avenue, Newburn Road)  £525,000    
North Devon Council Seven Brethren, Barnstaple £200,000 £1,000,000 £1,000,000
Norwich City Council Mile Cross depot enabling works £980,000    
Nottinghamshire County Council Residential Development Eastwood £1,000,000    
Plymouth City Council Colin Campbell House/Colin Campbell Court £1,000,000    
Bath Street West £1,000,000 £500,000  
Stirling House, Honicknowle £250,000    
Corporate Asset Release Programme   £407,500  
Land at Prince Maurice Road, Lipson Allotments   £275,000 £250,000
Efford Health and Wellbeing Hub     £250,000
Rochford District Council Freight House and RDC Offices (Rochford) £204,125    
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Project One: Housing Delivery - Rothwell Grange & Copewell Lodge £300,000    
Project Two: Place Based Transformation  £150,000    
Rushcliffe Borough Council Depot- Housing  Development - West Bridgford £300,000    
Salford City Council Salford Development Site, Astley Road     £500,000
Swinton Transformation, Salford   £110,000  
Little Hulton Residential Development, Longshaw Drive, Salford £90,000    
Scarborough Borough Council Depot Rationalisation, Scarborough £50,000    
Shropshire Council Ellesmere Remediation £20,000 £524,507  
South Gloucestershire Council Emersons Green Lane, Bristol     £150,000
Station Road, Yate £230,000    
Land at Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke      £200,000
Land at Woodlands, Tytherington     £100,000
32 Gloucester Road/Castle 6th form, Thornbury £720,000    
Charborough Road, Filton  £500,000    
Woodend Road, Frampton Cotterell £15,000 £160,000  
Lower Stone Close, Frampton Cotterell     £20,000
Eastbury Close, Thornbury     £30,000
South Ribble Borough Council South Ribble - Bamber Bridge and Lockstock Hall £126,000 £236,000  
St Edmundsbury Borough Council St Olaves Road, Bury St Edmunds £670,000    
Stevenage Borough Council Kenilworth Close / Burwell Road and Gresley Way £900,000    
Swindon Borough Council John Street Car Park redevelopment £50,000 £350,000  
Teignbridge District Council Newton Abbot, Bradley Lane £1,000,000 £1,500,000  
Torbay Council Victoria Square, Paignton   £450,000 £450,000
Preston Down Road, Paignton     £1,100,000
Collaton St Mary, Paignton     £1,976,000
West Yorkshire Combined Authority Phase 1 Small Housing Sites     £662,125
Wiltshire Council Land Assembly Next Phase £80,000 £620,000  
Worcester Sansome Walk £750,000 £150,000 £600,000
Worcestershire County Council The Pines £36,000 £144,000  
Kingsfield   £30,000 £120,000
Wycombe District Council Bassetsbury Allotments £40,000 £460,000