HOUSING, INFRASTRUCTURE AND REGENERATION
The availability of good quality, well connected and attractive development land for new homes and jobs is a major competitive advantage for the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA). But there are challenges with the quality of our existing built environment, especially in urban areas, and a need to invest in our current housing stock.
The attractiveness and viability of some employment locations mean that they are not attracting the quality of jobs and development we demand. SYMCA’s approach to land, housing and built environment is to;
- Improve the quality of existing and new housing stock, whilst maintaining housing growth;
- Ensure the supply of good quality, attractive and sustainably developed employment land that is widely accessible; and,
- Proactively work on strategic planning opportunities to unlock potential through joined-up investment packages.
You can read more in our Strategic Economic Plan.
NEW - Brownfield Housing Fund Open Call 2022
The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority has announced that the Brownfield Housing Fund, which currently stands at c£35m, will open for applications from private sector developers, Housing Associations and other housing developers, between Monday 5th September and Friday 28th October 2022.
In June 2020, the Government launched ‘A New Deal for Britain’ which is said to be the first step in the strategy to rebuild Britain following Covid-19 and fuel economic recovery across the UK. As part of this strategy, £53m of capital in total has been allocated to the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) for supporting the development of over 3,300 new homes on brownfield land and through conversions, to be started on site within South Yorkshire by March 2025.
This funding builds upon the previous South Yorkshire Housing Fund, enabling SYMCA to support the delivery of a greater number of new homes to meet local needs which would otherwise not be brought forward by the Market.
Funding is available to a wide range of public and private sector partners across the housing sector (subject to the production of a compliant Business Case, as well as Value for Money and Subsidy Control considerations).
Visit our Finance and Funding Opportunities page for more information and how to apply.
Digital ‘Infrastructure’ Strategy (DIS)
The DIS is part of, and covers, one of three key areas of activity critical to providing a strategic approach to addressing the digital agenda across South Yorkshire in an integrated way. The other areas are digital ‘skills’ and digital ‘innovation and business support.’ The strategies and actions for delivering them will be developed by the MCA over the next 12-18 months in liaison with partners and stakeholders, and together will form the three component parts of the holistic approach for driving digital innovation and inclusivity to deliver the Strategic Economic Plan’s (SEP) digital ambitions.
South Yorkshire is well positioned to rely on the market to deliver much of the Gigabit broadband and mobile coverage the region needs. We will encourage operators to invest in the region with consistent and supportive policies, but we will also access Central Government Gigabit investment to deliver for harder to reach areas and address the challenges of digital exclusion.
Through the Superfast South Yorkshire programme the MCA and local authorities have made high speed broadband available to over 98% of the 650,000 properties in the region.
Read more on the Digital ‘Infrastructure’ Strategy (DIS) today.
Our priorities and actions to deliver the Digital ‘Infrastructure’ Strategy are set out in the accompanying Digital ‘Infrastructure’ Strategy (DIS) Delivery Plan.
Connected by Water - South Yorkshire's Flood Catchment Plan
Partners across South Yorkshire have launched an action plan in response to flood risk and the climate emergency on a catchment scale.
The Connected by Water Action Plan is the culmination of partners working together since the devastating floods of November 2019, with an ambition to reduce flood risk and build climate resilience so that communities can live, work, and thrive in South Yorkshire in the face of a changing climate.
Visit our Connected by Water dedicated page to view the plan.