Budget plan to build on brownfields to deliver hundreds of thousands of new homes

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Brownfields covering the equivalent of 2,000 football pitches could be turned into land for new homes with an injection of £ 1.8bn expected to be announced in the budget.

It is hoped that hundreds of thousands of houses could be built on reclaimed land across the country, while England’s planning system will also face an overhaul including a series of scans.

The Treasury said 160,000 new homes could be delivered, along with transport links, schools and community spaces.

And £ 300million in grants will go to mayors and metro councils to unlock smaller brownfields for housing.

Meanwhile, a new £ 9million parks leveling fund will give money to local authorities to beautify 100 neglected urban spaces, turning them into pocket parks, with small areas of greenery, roughly the size of the city. size of a tennis court, in otherwise built pitches.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said, “We are investing in better, safer, greener and more affordable housing to create prosperous places people want to live.

“One of my favorite hobbies is walking in the park with my family, and I want to make sure everyone has a green space on their doorstep to enjoy it as well.

“Transforming our unloved and neglected urban spaces will help protect our cherished countryside and green spaces, while improving the physical and mental health of our communities. “

Mr Sunak is also expected to confirm that £ 65million will go towards a digital transformation of the planning system through the development of new software.

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