Unlocking Housing Sites Programme

In February, the Unlocking Housing Sites Programme was launched thanks to £9 million secured from the LGF. The ambition is to bring forward at least 500 new homes across the area by delivering targeted assistance to sites which are ready for development, or where there are existing constraints.

The provision of a quality housing offer is a key strength of this area and essential to the region’s continued economic growth. Recognising this, the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is keen to work with all partners involved in bringing forward housing development.

We know that there are many reasons why sites that have the potential to be developed sometimes stall and are difficult to get off the ground. To help unlock these sites and increase the supply of much needed new housing, we have developed the Unlocking Housing Sites Programme with Local Growth Fund of £9 million.

The Unlocking Housing Sites Programme is opportunity-led and open to the private sector, local authorities and Registered Providers for schemes within the Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership geographical area.

The programme has been designed principally to deliver targeted assistance to make sites ready for development and unlock constraints. Based on the evidence of need, financial assistance may be in the form of grant, loan or equity. In addition the programme may also consider funding for site specific feasibility studies.

Expressions of Interest are now being invited from appropriate applicants with an established track record in delivery and the capacity and financial standing to deliver their proposals. To inform applicants considering submission of an Expression of Interest, the Prospectus sets out:

  • the support available from the Programme
  • the eligibility criteria
  • the information that will be required for submissions
  • the application and appraisal process.

How to apply?

Your Expression of Interest must be submitted on the Investment Proposal Template. This needs to be supported by completion of the State Aid Assessment Form and a letter from the relevant Local Authority setting out the status of any planning applications and that it supports the scheme subject to an appropriate Planning Application being submitted.

Expressions of Interest are being invited from 15th February 2016 for a period of 12 weeks closing on 6th May 2016. These must be submitted before the closing date electronically via email to enquiry@financebirmingham.com

Expressions of Interest have been received and are being evaluated. This programme remains open for applications until further notice.

Please ensure that your proposal meets the relevant criteria, and that you provide all the requested information, those with incomplete or missing information relating to eligibility will not be considered.

For enquiries on the programme please email with your details to enquiry@financebirmingham.com and a programme officer will contact you.

Programme documents:

Unlocking Housing Sites Prospectus (PDF)

Investment Proposal Template (word)

State Aid Assessment Form (word)

Offers for financial assistance will be at the discretion of Birmingham City Council, the accountable body for the programme, taking into account the appraisal and due diligence process and following the recommendation of the Unlocking Housing Sites Committee. All offers of funding will be contracted by the Council.