Brownfield Housing Fund

The Brownfield Housing Fund is designed to create more homes by bringing more brownfield land into development.

Programme overview

Lead: West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Area(s) Covered: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield

Funding: £89 million from Department for levelling up, Housing & Communities

Aims of this programme is to:

  • Commencing the construction of 5,400 homes by March 2025
  • Improved housing delivery on brownfield sites
  • Regeneration of neighbourhoods through reducing blight caused by vacant sites.
  • Carbon savings through:
    • Installed low carbon technologies
    • Close to transport hubs
    • Increase the use of Modern Methods of Construction
  • Boosting productivity supporting local supply chains
  • Achieve a mixture of housing types and tenure types including affordable
What is the Brownfield Housing Fund?

The Brownfield Housing Fund is an £67 million pound fund from the Department for levelling up, Housing & Communities.

In July 2020, West Yorkshire Combined Authority secured £67 million funding from the government’s Brownfield Housing Fund. The programme will help to build a minimum of 4,500 new homes across West Yorkshire on Brownfield Land over the next four years, delivering much-needed housing and boosting the region’s economy.

Following the Levelling Up White Paper announcement in February 2022, an additional allocation of £22m has been offered to our Brownfield Housing Fund programme to deliver more homes in the region.

What is Brownfield Land?

A brownfield site is an area that has been used before and tends to be disused or derelict land.

Issues with brownfield land include knocking down existing buildings and there may be expensive clean- up costs for land decontamination owing to its prior use. In addition, access to brownfield sites can often be restricted as they tend to be surrounded by other buildings that are still in use.

Redevelopment of brownfield sites is at the core of the UK Sustainable Development Strategy 2020 as it not only cleans up environmental health hazards and eyesores, but it encourages community regeneration. Often these sites are a core issue for the community around them.

Why are we doing this?

The fund is primarily aimed at supporting the development of housing schemes on Brownfield Sites and much need homes across the region and protecting valuable green space.

How is it being delivered?

West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working in partnership with the private sector, Housing associations and our local authority partners to identify schemes that require public sector intervention to enable delivery.

Projects in this section

  1. Former Pontefract Fire Station

    The redevelopment of the former Fire Station at the junction of Stuart Street and Newport Street in Pontefract Town Centre. Providing a 100% affordable rented, 3 storey housing scheme, comprising 37 affordable apartments including 26 car parking spaces and associated landscaping.

    Read more about Former Pontefract Fire Station
  2. Citu, Leeds

    The Climate Innovation District is a transformational project as part of a new neighbourhood in the Hunslet Riverside area of South Bank, bringing 142 Family Homes and Apartments, with Provision of 7 Affordable Housing units.

    Read more about Citu, Leeds
  3. Regent Street, Leeds

    The scheme proposes to develop 185 new apartments including 37 affordable homes within an 11-storey building with car parking, cycle spaces and associated landscaping.

    Read more about Regent Street, Leeds

Project contact details

Calderdale & Kirklees

Email: CustomerFeedback@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Bradford & Wakefield

Email: CustomerFeedback@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

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