Money for the projects is to come from the LCR’s £45m Brownfield Land Fund, of which £11m has already been given out across seven sites.
The remaining £34m is being divided equally among council-led land acquisitions, council-led projects, and private sector development.
LCR officials said the combined authority would be putting out an open call for proposals from developers regarding the region’s 700 brownfield sites soon. The projects will hopefully lead to the creation of up to 4,000 new homes.
“For too many people across our region, the chance to own a home of their own remains out of reach,” said Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram. “To tackle the housing crisis and help more people realise their home ownership ambitions, we need to take serious action to get more homes built across our region.”
The call for proposals for brownfield land will prioritise key parts of the LCR’s Housing Investment Strategy. Those priorities include building open market houses with more than three bedrooms, constructing affordable homes of all sizes, having new homes be built to EPC Band B or above, and ensuring that all homes are digitally connected.
Previous projects that received money from LCR’s Brownfield Land Fund built a total of 886 homes. Those schemes, and the money they received, are as follows:
- Paddington Village, Liverpool: £3.6m
- House of Fraser Building, Wirral: £2.2m
- Moss Nook, St Helens: £2m
- Halton Court, Halton: £1.8m
- Buckley Hill, Sefton: £1m
- Foundry Lane, Halton: £400k
- Denford Road, Liverpool: £280k