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Government puts land up for sale

Words: Laura Edgar
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The government has today (26 January) published details of 600 acres of surplus public sector land as part of its plans to deliver new homes and boost local growth.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has more than 80 public land sites for sale and will bring an additional 40 sites to the market over the next 18 months.

The government estimates that these sites will support more than 5,000 homes as well as land for industry and business.

The government said over 20 per cent of the sites already have outline or detailed planning permission.

The government’s housing programme aims to support the delivery of 160,000 homes through the sale of the surplus public sector land.

Housing minister Brandon Lewis said: “Using surplus public sector land for housing has helped us get the country building again with the number of new homes up by 25 per cent.

“Selling off these sites will allow us to go even further, delivering on our ambition to support a further 160,000 homes, while providing a significant boost to local economies and the taxpayer.

“I now want to see developers getting shovels in the ground as quick as possible and build the homes hard-working people want and deserve.”

Chief executive of the HCA, Andy Rose, added: “We will use our commercial expertise and local market knowledge to make land attractive to house builders, to help get homes built more quickly and meet local priorities.

“As the government’s disposal agency for surplus public land, we are well placed to support other departments and agencies in meeting their contribution to the government’s land programme”.

Published today (26 January), the Land Development and Disposal Plan sets out some key principles of land disposal. It follows a review of the HCA’s processes and was developed in cooperation with the Home Builders Federation and its members.

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