Government Departments: Land

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th September 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Ford Baroness Ford Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public land held by central government departments and their agencies has been disposed of for house building since 2012, broken down by department.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The Government is committed to addressing the supply of new land for housing. That is why we have set an ambitious commitment to dispose of surplus government-owned land in England with the capacity for at least 160,000 homes by 2020.

As of the end of June, central government departments and their agencies had identified enough land for approximately 139,000 homes. Of this, land with the capacity for an estimated 11,691 homes has already been disposed of. We will be publishing an annual report setting out detailed progress towards the commitment later this year, and will also monitor the broad progress of development on sites released through the programme. The report will include data showing land released for housing since 2012, broken down by department.

This builds on our previous Public Sector Land programme in the last Parliament, where between 2011 and 2015, central government departments and their agencies disposed of land with capacity for 109,590 homes.

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