Boris keen to release more public sector land

Mon 2nd December 2013, 2:38 pm

Mayor Boris Johnson wants 625ha of public sector land which the Greater London Authority inherited from the Homes and Communities Agency to be under development by 2016 – or to have a clear strategy.

The target was announced in the mayor's draft London Housing Strategy, Homes for London.

Since the GLA inherited the land in 2012, 130ha has been developed with a total value over £3.5 billion, according to the mayor.

Johnson is counting on three mechanisms to help hit the new target:

- The London Development Panel will make it easier and cheaper for public sector landowners by avoiding lengthy and expensive OJEU procedures;

- The GLA has launched an asset database making easier for the development sector to identify suitable sites;

- The GLA is arguing a case to make the mayor responsible for disposing of all government-owned sites in London.

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