Expert masterplanner says new £5m fund arms councils to deliver brownfield housing / by Ben Ramsden

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Today the UK Government announced a £5 million fund to unlock 100 brownfield sites for new homes.

Councils that bring forward brownfield land for development could benefit from a share of the fund, with previously developed land promising to pave the way for planning permissions on up to 200,000 new homes across the country.

To qualify for the funding, councils will need to consult on a Local Development Order (LDO) on the land they identify – making it easier and quicker for developers to secure planning permission and get work started.

Jeff Nottage, Director of Masterplanning at global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, said: “Brownfield sites in suitable locations, such as those close to local services or on key public transport corridors, remain the most sustainable way of delivering new housing.

“Unlike the urban capacity studies that took place at the turn of the millennium, the use of LDOs will hopefully prevent certain councils from identifying brownfield sites that don’t have a realistic prospect of coming forward, and simply enabled them to ‘tick a box’ for their  housing trajectories and local plan allocations. 

“Local authorities are now armed with the tools and there are no excuses for a lack of delivery of new housing.

“However, we do question if the funding is adequate to help under-resourced councils to produce LDOs, as well as how effective LDOs will really be, given that many are used for more minor planning matters.”

Distinguished by its global reach with 16 studios across world centres, unrivalled diversity with 500+ design experts and distinctive client focus with over 75% income from repeat business, Broadway Malyan creates world-class and fully-integrated cities, places and buildings to unlock lasting value and deliver a ‘return on design’.

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