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Partnerships could bring Brownfield Sites back from brink

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Written by: Gloucestershire Echo & Gloucester Citizen | Posted 10 January 2017 11:38

Partnerships could bring Brownfield Sites back from brink

Gloucester has been selected as one of the first 30 local authorities to take part in a partnership scheme aimed at delivering much-needed starter homes.

Successful councils will now be tasked with identifying likely building opportunities on Brownfield sites within their area.

Aimed exclusively at first-time buyers between the ages of 23-40, the new homes will be sold at least 20 per cent below market value with support from the Government’s £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund.

With construction due to begin on the first schemes later this year, Bruton Knowles’ town planner Paul Barton believes the cash could help activate sites not considered viable because of clean-up costs.

“The fundamental misconception is that every piece of abandoned or derelict industrial land is ‘shovel ready’ for new housing.

“But while Brownfield land with planning permission for housing can generally be bought more cheaply, sites have been slow coming forward as they often need expensive remedial works before they are ready for the bulldozers.”

As one of the first 30 local authorities chosen, Gloucester City Council will work with the Homes and Communities Agency to identify the best sites for the new homes.

Suitable commercial sites could include derelict or abandoned shops, offices, industrial premises or retail centres.

The HCA received 79 expressions of interest from 120 local authorities across the country.

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