The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has announced an investment package to prepare three more derelict industrial sites for development schemes expected to deliver nearly 400 homes.
The combined authority will carry out the work through its brownfield land remediation programme, which is backed by £100m of government funding.
A site at Culwell Street in Wolverhampton city centre with capacity for at least 300 homes as part of the Brewers Yard regeneration project is among those to be cleaned up for building work.
Wood End Manor Farm in Coventry will be fixed up to allow 94 new homes to be built, while the third site, at Abbey Street in Nuneaton, will be used for a 56,000 sq ft commercial building.
The WMCA will now begin negotiating with contractors and developers over the transformation of the sites.
Work will include the costly clean up of land, demolition of existing buildings on the sites and building infrastructure.
Developers of the eventual schemes will be pushed to support new jobs, provide training opportunities and use modular construction methods.
West Midlands mayor Andy Street said: “The COVID pandemic has hit the West Midlands hard, but we’re determined to not be knocked off course and to press on with our plans to remediate derelict industrial land.
“Not only do these projects breathe life into old brownfield sites, but they also help to create and secure local jobs – both now and for the future. This is key for both our recovery from the pandemic and my 100,000 jobs plan.
“Also, by prioritising brownfield sites such as these for development, we’re helping to protect precious greenbelt land around the West Midlands.
“All of this has been made possible by the substantial cash we have secured from government, and we will continue to work with them to bring more eyesore sites back to life, building more homes and creating more jobs across the West Midlands.”
Mike Bird, portfolio holder for housing and land at WMCA and leader of Walsall Council, said: “These projects are some of the largest that the combined authority has supported to date.
“Their approval is the latest in a series of WMCA investment commitments that have continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to provide market confidence and put in place the building blocks required to drive the region’s post-COVID economic recovery plans.”
The WMCA, led by Mr Street, is made up of 18 councils and three local enterprise partnerships. It has pledged to deliver 215,000 homes between 2018 and 2030 in exchange for government funding.
In March, the authority launched a taskforce aimed at speeding up the regeneration of publicly owned land in the region.