Government reveals 300 projects allocated £900million Getting Building funding

A vertical farming facility in Cumbria, redevelopment of the Big Brother television studios in Hertfordshire, and a new cruise terminal in Hampshire are among the projects that will receive a share of the government’s £900 million Getting Building Fund.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced around 300 allocations from the Getting Building fund. Image: UK Parliament
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced around 300 allocations from the Getting Building fund. Image: UK Parliament

Details of around 300 projects to have been allocated funding have been announced by housing secretary Robert Jenrick today.

Jenrick said the funding was expected to facilitate development of around 45,000 homes - but the projects also include a large number of planned cultural venues and research and development facilities.

Projects allocated funding include the Cumbria Vertical Farm Centre of Excellence in Lilyhall; provision of new production space at Elstree Studios, where Big Brother was filmed; and the development of a cruise ship terminal at the Port of Southampton.

Funding has also been allocated towards efforts to mitigate nitrogen pollution in the Solent region, an issue which has led to plans for thousands of homes being put on hold.

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been allocated a larger share of funding than any other LEP, and will receive £85 million for 34 projects expected to pave the way for development of more than 7,000 homes.

Projects include upgrades to electrical networks to support a 1,700-home estate regeneration scheme in Southend, development of a retirement housing community in Rochford, and the repurposing of empty commercial properties in South Essex for residential or alternative uses.

Other recipients of large allocations include the West Midlands Combined Authority, which will receive £66 million for eight projects including the redevelopment of Birmingham University train station and the creation of a National Brownfield Land Institute in Wolverhampton.

According to a report recently considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the government invited bids for “shovel ready schemes” that could be completed by 31 March 2022.

Jenrick also said today that mayoral combined authority areas would be allocated £360 million from the government’s £400 million Brownfield Fund.

The Brownfield Fund was announced in the March 2020 Budget statement and was described as being open to combined authorities that could deliver a “significant increase in housing supply on brownfield land”.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government was asked for details of specific allocations under the Brownfield Fund, but had not responded at the time of publication.

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