Herefordshire Council has accepted £2 million of funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for the Merton Meadow project, but plans to spend it on preventing flooding, before any housing can be built.

The decision taken by Herefordshire Council is detailed below:

“Merton Meadow and the surrounding land, has been affected by
significant flooding for a number of years. No residential, or other
development can currently take place across any of this area due to flood
risk from the Yazor Brook which runs through the site.

“The funding of £2m will be used towards a flood alleviation scheme to
reduce flood risk to the area by restoring parts of the natural floodplain
and creating wetlands. Surface water drainage will be improved by using
Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) to prevent the flooding and assist in
enhancing amenity and biodiversity on the site.

“A hydro modelling report has been commissioned to firm up costs for the work. The project will unlock 270 new homes (210 for BLRF calculations):

 190 mixed affordable tenure homes to be delivered including 30
supported housing units
 80 bed all age care facility (equivalent 20 new homes for BLRF)

“It will also represent a substantial opportunity for development and could
contribute enormously to the transformation and regeneration of this
area of the city centre.

“Without this funding to undertake flood alleviation works the land cannot
be used for residential development.”

Earlier article from UK Government:

Thousands of new homes will be built on underused and derelict land to regenerate local areas and help people onto the property ladder, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) announced today (12 October 2021).

Almost £58 million from the £75 million Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF) has been allocated to 53 councils.

The funding will boost local areas by transforming unloved and disused sites into vibrant communities for people to live and work, with the demolition of unsightly derelict buildings and disused car parks and garages. This will help to protect countryside and green spaces while an extra 5,600 homes are built on these sites, supporting young people and families across the country into home ownership.

The funding could also support up to 17,000 jobs across the housing and construction sector and the wider economy.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Michael Gove MP said:

We are levelling up and backing home ownership in every corner of the country, delivering new high-quality, affordable homes and creating thriving places where people want to live, work and visit.

Making the most of previously developed land is a government priority and it will help protect our cherished countryside and green spaces.

Today’s allocations include £5 million for self and custom build projects. A further £20 million from the BLRF has also been designated to help accelerate the self and custom build sector, with councils now able to bid for the remaining funding – giving local people the opportunity to build and design their own homes.

Cabinet Office Minister, Lord Agnew said:

This support being provided to local authorities is another clear demonstration of this government’s commitment to levelling up the country.

The latest projects to benefit from this support, through Brownfield Land Release funding, will not only help unlock under-used public sector sites for homes but also help deliver jobs and save taxpayers’ money.

Cllr James Jamieson, Local Government Association Chairman, said:

One Public Estate and Brownfield Land Release funding play a crucial role in supporting the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and supporting councils to transform their assets, create better services, and release land for much-needed new homes and regeneration across the country.

This latest news is more proof that this programme works. Councils recognise how valuable this support is, and are being ever more ambitious in their ideas to use this funding to kick-start transformation, regeneration, and new development in their communities.

Boosting housing supply is central to the levelling up agenda. Last year 244,000 homes were delivered – the highest number of new homes for over 30 years. The government aims to build up to 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s to put home ownership within reach for more people across the country, making it a more mainstream, realistic and affordable option for people across the country.

The government last year announced the £400 million Brownfield Fund for 7 mayoral combined authorities which will also deliver much-needed new homes on brownfield land – unlocking 26,000 high-quality homes.

The £150 million backed Help to Build scheme was announced in April. It will allow access to low deposit mortgages and improve affordability of home ownership for people who want to build their own homes in a similar way to the Help to Buy scheme.

In addition, the review by Richard Bacon MP, which recommended a major scaling up of the self and custom build sector, has been warmly welcomed by the government with a response to the findings to be published in due course.

Further information

£57.8 million from the £75 million Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF) is being allocated, of which £25 million was made available to self and custom build projects.

£5 million from the self and custom build pot has been allocated and now local councils are being encouraged to bid for the remaining share of £20 million to deliver further self and custom build projects on Brownfield Land.

Find out more about the latest round of One Public Estate and self and custom build funding.

The BLRF is delivered by the One Public Estate programme which is a collaboration between DLUHC, the Local Government Association and the Cabinet Office.

A further £6 million is available to local councils in England through the One Public Estate programme, which aims to help local public services collaborate, redesign how services are located, and release land for housing.

Council nameProject nameFunding award
Adur District CouncilAshcroft Sheltered Housing Scheme£407,000
Blackburn with Darwen Borough CouncilClarendon Road Site£195,000
Bracknell Forest CouncilOpladen Way£119,600
Bracknell Forest CouncilDepot site£570,666
Bracknell Forest CouncilMarket Street£1,650,000
Brighton & Hove City CouncilHinton Close Garage Site£43,311
Brighton & Hove City CouncilDunster Close Garage Site£22,137
Brighton & Hove City CouncilDunster Close Hammerhead Site£38,962
Brighton & Hove City CouncilOakley House Housing Project£93,031
Brighton & Hove City CouncilNatal Road Site£35,465
Brighton & Hove City CouncilEastergate Road Housing Project£231,385
Brighton & Hove City CouncilMoulsecoomb Hub and Housing£1,694,287
Brighton & Hove City CouncilPortsalde Village Centre£338,534
Bristol City CouncilTenants Hall – Barton Hill£199,521
Broxbourne Borough CouncilHope Nursery£160,000
City of YorkFormer Tang Hall Library£116,865
City of YorkChaloners Road Garage Court£94,356
City of YorkOrdnance Lane£2,429,258
Cornwall CouncilPydar Regeneration£2,450,000
Council of the Isles of ScillyEnnor Farm, Isles of Scilly£664,250
Derby City CouncilUnion Foundry, Derby£825,000
Dorset CouncilFurzehill£775,000
Dorset CouncilWhite Pit Farm£150,000
Dorset CouncilBlandford Depot£235,000
Dorset CouncilNorth Quay£943,255
Durham County CouncilGreenwood Avenue, Burnhope Durham£405,924
Durham County CouncilChaytor Road, Bridgehill, Durham£220,142
Eastbourne Borough CouncilCavalry Crescent£200,000
Eastbourne Borough CouncilSouthfields Road car park£200,000
Eastbourne Borough CouncilFort Lane£70,000
Eastleigh Borough CouncilThe Arch, Chandlers Ford£260,000
Essex County CouncilHargraves House£145,800
Essex County CouncilLexden Springs£371,000
Exeter City CouncilCathedral and Quay Car Park£2,373,183
Exeter City CouncilBonhay meadows£1,009,870
Exeter City CouncilExeter Canal Basin£600,000
Exeter City CouncilBelle Isle£673,417
Exeter City CouncilMary Arches Car Park£1,310,000
Fenland District CouncilFenland Nene Waterfront£200,000
Folkestone & Hythe District CouncilBiggins Wood£1,150,000
Great Yarmouth Borough CouncilBeach Coach Station£207,272
Harrogate Borough CouncilWoodfield Close, Harrogate£20,000
Harrogate Borough CouncilPark Row, Knaresborough£30,000
Hastings Borough Council Bexhill Road, St Leonards on Sea£142,000
Herefordshire CouncilMerton Meadow£2,000,000
Isle of Wight CouncilThompson House, Sandy Lane, Newport£135,000
Isle of Wight CouncilWeston Road£195,265
Isle of Wight CouncilBerry Hill£619,500
Leicester City CouncilForest Lodge Education Centre£443,400
London Borough of BarnetFosters Estate£1,510,000
London Borough of BarnetLittle Strand£270,000
London Borough of CamdenWest Kentish Town phase 1£1,323,777
London Borough of CamdenHeybridge & Hadley Street£242,500
London Borough of HaringeyGourley Triangle£1,435,540
London Borough of HaringeyAshley Rd Depot£2,450,674
London Borough Of Lewisham CouncilGreystead Road SE23£385,519
London Borough of Waltham ForestChingford Hub£347,000
London Borough of Waltham ForestRowan House£164,000
London Borough of Waltham ForestRussell Road£259,000
London Borough of Waltham ForestLea Bridge Stations Site£1,079,320
London Borough of Waltham ForestCedarwood House£328,000
London Borough of Waltham ForestErskine Road Car Park£142,000
London Borough of Waltham ForestOsbourne Grove£364,000
London Borough of Waltham ForestOutset Centre£338,000
London Borough of Waltham ForestThe Ferguson Centre£351,000
Newark and Sherwood District CouncilStodman Street£284,000
North Devon CouncilBicclescombe Depot£500,000
North Somerset CouncilWalliscote Place£1,075,000
Nottingham City CouncilColwick Road£52,000
Nottingham City CouncilInnovation House£100,000
Nottingham City CouncilRobin Hood Chase£70,000
Oxford City CouncilUnderhill Circus£479,440
Peterborough City CouncilMiddleholme£550,000
Plymouth City CouncilVictoria Place£177,500
Portsmouth City CouncilSunward Road£120,000
Portsmouth City CouncilCabbagefield Row£1,663,000
Portsmouth City CouncilErnest Road£90,000
Portsmouth City CouncilBeaulieu Avenue Garages£60,000
Portsmouth City CouncilBeaulieu Avenue Parking Court£60,000
Portsmouth City CouncilRownhams Road£60,000
Portsmouth City CouncilKingsclere Avenue£60,000
Portsmouth City CouncilHigh Lawn Way£90,000
Portsmouth City CouncilKimbridge Crescent£60,000
Portsmouth City CouncilMarldell Road£90,000
Portsmouth City CouncilLongstock Road£60,000
Portsmouth City CouncilForestside£60,000
Portsmouth City CouncilWhitsbury Road£90,000
RB Kensington and ChelseaHurstway and Testerton£509,188
Reading Borough CouncilPhase 1, Minster Quarter£2,000,000
Richmond upon Thames CouncilTwickenham Riverside£599,522
Richmond upon Thames CouncilElleray Community Hall and Housing Scheme£250,000
Rother District CouncilKing Offa Residential£500,000
Royal Borough of GreenwichCatlin Street Old Kent Road£350,000
South Gloucestershire CouncilThe Grange, Warmley£2,020,000
South Tyneside Council Holborn Riverside Regeneration£1,850,000
Staffordshire County CouncilEastgate Regeneration Programme£581,800
Stevenage Borough CouncilBrent Court£750,000
Stroud District CouncilCambridge House Dursley£94,000
Stroud District CouncilGlebelands, Cam£215,000
Stroud District CouncilOrchard Road Ebley£50,000
Stroud District CouncilGloucester Street£62,000
Teignbridge District CouncilOrchard Lane£275,000
Teignbridge District CouncilHowton Fields£585,474
Torbay CouncilBrixham TCCP£675,000
Torbay CouncilTorre marine£415,000
West Oxfordshire District CouncilChipping Norton Exemplar£78,000
Wiltshire CouncilSalisbury Rawlence Road HRA£88,583
Wiltshire CouncilAmesbury Imber Avenue HRA£89,750
Wokingham Borough CouncilSelf-build – Toutley East, Wokingham£494,000
Worcestershire County CouncilShrubhill Quarter, Worcester£985,000

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