Thursday, September 29, 2022

News: Which brownfield sites in Rotherham could new houses be built on?


The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) has announced that the Brownfield Housing Fund, which currently stands at c£35m, is open for applications from private sector developers, Housing Associations and other housing developers.

In June 2020, the Government launched ‘A New Deal for Britain’ which is said to be the first step in the strategy to rebuild Britain following Covid-19 and fuel economic recovery across the UK. As part of this strategy, £53m of capital in total has been allocated to South Yorkshire for supporting the development of over 3,300 new homes on brownfield land and through conversions, to be started on site within South Yorkshire by March 2025.

This funding builds upon the previous South Yorkshire Housing Fund, enabling SYMCA to support the delivery of a greater number of new homes to meet local needs which would otherwise not be brought forward by the Market.

Consruction on brownfield sites has associated costs of land remediation and essential infrastructure requirements which impact on scheme viability and prevent schemes from moving into delivery.

Rothbiz reported last year that Rotherham Council had identified the funding pot to support some of its projects. Previously secured for housing construction on small sites across the borough, new sites in Eastwood and the town centre were discussed in 2021.

Example brownfield sites in the town centre identified last year included Snail Hill (where the council purchased and demolished the former Primark store), sites surrounding the Forge Island leisure scheme, and Riverside sites along Sheffield Road.

SYMCA will prioritise schemes based on how well they deliver against the principles of Stronger, Greener, Fairer, set out in its Strategic Economic Plan. The risks and overall deliverability of schemes will also be evaluated.

All schemes will be assessed in accordance with the MCA Assurance Framework to ensure due diligence and value for money.

Schemes that adopt innovations and/or raise the quality and standards of homes across South Yorkshire are particularly welcome. This Fund will provide opportunities to support new homes on brownfield sites up to the end of March 2025; however, SYMCA is also interested in discussing longer term housing development opportunities even if schemes do not meet the BHF criteria.

Gemma Smith, Co-Chair SYMCA Housing and Infrastructure Board and Managing Director Strata Homes said ‘In these challenging economic times, this open call for applications provides an opportunity to support and accelerate the development of much needed new homes across South Yorkshire that may otherwise not be built due to viability issues. We welcome applications from across South Yorkshire’s housing sector.’

Funding is available to a wide range of public and private sector partners across the housing sector (subject to the production of a compliant Business Case, as well as Value for Money and Subsidy Control considerations).

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Anonymous,  September 29, 2022 at 12:15 PM  

Developers should be forced to use all available brownfields,before any farmland is even looked at

Anonymous,  September 29, 2022 at 9:12 PM  

Why? Some of the best wildlife and biodiversity is found thriving on brownfield sites. They also tend to be the only green spaces in a concrete desert!

Anonymous,  September 30, 2022 at 12:11 PM  

That maybe so,but would still sooner see brownfields development than concreting over land that's not been touched (other than farming)in thousand's of years.

Anonymous,  September 30, 2022 at 12:17 PM  

Maybe ,we should start building upwards with quality multiple storey apartments,seems to work in continental Europe,who ironically have more room to build.Get appartment blocks of minimum 5storeys built,less need to build on Greenfield then,although as someone once said on a similar post on here, Rotherham council seems terrified to build anything over 5 floors!

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