Disposal of public land for new homes Contents

Introduction

In June 2011, the Housing Minister announced that government planned to “release enough public land to build as many as 100,000 new, much-needed, homes and support as many as 25,000 jobs by 2015”. The Department for Communities and Local Government (the Department) holds policy responsibility for the target as a whole, with individual government departments responsible for identifying surplus land, estimating the number of potential dwellings, and disposing of the land. The Homes and Communities Agency was responsible for collating and reporting data to monitoring boards, and also acted as the property disposal agent for the Department itself. The Department’s data shows that, by the end of March 2015, government had disposed of land with capacity for an estimated 109,950 homes, across 942 sites. The biggest contributors were the Ministry of Defence (around 39,000 homes), the Homes and Communities Agency (around 21,000, on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government) and the Department of Health (around 15,000).