The invitation to bid invites local planning authorities to bid for funding to prepare local development orders for housing on brownfield land. It highlights the vital role that brownfield land plays in meeting the country’s housing needs where land is in an area of sufficient demand and is attractive to developers.
Bids are encouraged from local planning authorities who can identify brownfield sites that are suitable for housing and capable of accommodating in the region of 100 units or more. It is anticipated that successful bidders would receive £50,000 per bid towards the costs incurred in delivering the local development order.
The document sets out the criteria for site eligibility and describes the process for assessing bids. Bids should be submitted by 11 March 2015. Local planning authorities can apply online or by completing the application form and sending the completed form to LDOFunding@communities.gsi.gov.uk.
A consultation has also been launched today (28 January 2015) seeking views on proposals for measures to make it easier to build on brownfield land that is suitable for housing.