Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Assets

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Shadow Spokesperson (Housing), Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what land or buildings owned by, leased by, or under the control of, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs they are seeking to dispose of, and for what purposes.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government has made a commitment to release surplus government owned property with capacity of at least 160,000 homes and raising at least £5 billion from land and property disposals by 2020.

The details of the government land and property released over the previous financial year will be published as part of the Transparency Review in summer 2017.

Departments released a total of 468 sites in 2015/16, which generated receipts income of £973 million. DEFRA has disposed of 25 sites, contributing £16.4 million to the annual total.

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