Former House of Fraser building to receive ‘development-ready’ funding

Up to 4000 new homes are set to be built on previously developed “brownfield” sites across the Liverpool City Region, as the Combined Authority agreed a strategy for investing the remaining £34m from its £45m Brownfield Land Fund.

In July 2020, the Liverpool City Region was allocated £45m from the Government’s Brownfield Land Fund to deliver previously-developed, or brownfield, land suitable for at least 3,000 and preferably 4,000 homes.  The money will be used for site remediation and other measures required to make sites ready for development.

Since then, the Combined Authority has supported seven projects across the Liverpool City Region with more than £11m which will deliver 886 homes.

At its meeting on 4 June, the Combined Authority set out its strategy for investing the remaining £34 million, which will be roughly equally divided among the following:

  • Local Authority-led land acquisitions
  • Local Authority-led projects
  • Private sector development (open call to be announced)
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram pictured at the Moss Nook brownfield site in St Helens, in January 2020, prior to work starting on site.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said,  “For too many people across our region, the chance to own a home of their own remains out of reach. To tackle the housing crisis and help more people realise their home ownership ambitions, we need to take serious action to get more homes built across our region.

“When I was elected, I promised to prioritise brownfield sites for housebuilding and have been working hard to make that a reality.

“Last year we spent £11m to help deliver almost 900 homes on brownfield sites. We have now approved another £34m that should see help take the total to almost 4,000 new homes for people across our region.”

In planning terms, any land that has been previously developed is classed as brownfield.  In the Liverpool City Region, much of this land is derelict and formerly industrial so must be cleaned up before it can be redeveloped.

In total, 700 brownfield sites have been identified across the six local authorities of the Liverpool City Region. The updated brownfield register identifies 1,813 acres of brownfield sites which could provide space for more than 42,000 homes, if remediated.

The seven sites already supported through the Brownfield Land Fund are:

  • Moss Nook, St Helens
  • Buckley Hill, Sefton
  • Foundry Lane, Halton
  • Halton Court, Halton
  • Paddington Village, Liverpool
  • House of Fraser Building, Birkenhead
  • Denford Road, Liverpool
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