Government Departments: Property

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds Shadow Minister (Housing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) how many Government-owned properties and public land sites (a) have been sold since 2010, (b) are projected to be sold in the next two years and (c) are in the process of being sold;

(2) what the current use is for each of the Government-owned properties and public land sites (a) that have been sold since 2010, (b) are projected to be sold in each of the next two years and (c) are in the process of being sold; whether such properties are sold at the full market value; how many such properties are suitable for housing development; how many would require a change of use application to be used for housing development; how many change of use applications were made on such properties whilst they were still in Government ownership; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Public Sector Land programme, which identifies land suitable for housing in this spending review and has so far sold 439 sites in England and Departments are forecasting to sell a further 355 sites by March 2015. This Department does not hold data on projected future land sales beyond 2015.

The Government Property Unit runs e-PIMS the central database of the Government Central Civil Estate properties and land, and this records the precise location of property, along with the associated information such as landlord, lease details and usage. Decisions about seeking planning consent for change of use before disposal are made on a case by case basis. We do not keep a central record of either current planning status or change of use applications. All Government land assets are sold in accordance with the principles set out in managing public money.

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