Government identifies more surplus land
Thu 23rd August 2012, 10:00 am
The amount of surplus government land saw a net rise of 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of the year, according to figures released by the Government.
The Government Property Unit (GPU) has released revised figures showing a net increase in surplus property and land from 2,690ha at the start of April to 2,859ha in June. In that period, two properties on the list have been sold - one Department of Health site and one owned by the NHS.
In addition another 11 are under offer - two owned by the Ministry of Justice and the other nine by the NHS - although these will remain on the list until they are sold.
A source at the GPU said that the increase was likely to have been the result of a push by NHS trusts to identify more land for development. In June, deputy NHS chief executive David Flory wrote to all NHS organisations to remind them to post their sites on the surplus land register. Sitematch London is meeting with a number of NHS Trusts later this month to discuss a collaborative approach to marketing opporutnity sites.
Last year, the government announced its intention to release enough publicly owned surplus land to provide more than 100,000 new homes by 2015.