Public land could support two million new homes

Thu 27th November 2014, 9:43 am

Surplus land could support the construction of up to two million new homes, according to research.

In a recent report, agent Savills concluded that surplus land owned by local authorities in England could provide up to one million homes, land owned by central government departments could support up to 600,000 new homes, with the potential for a further 100,000 homes on land owned by the Greater London Authority. It also said NHS surplus land could accommodate 300,000 homes.

Savills analysed 250,000 hectares to predict the number of homes which could be built on central government land, and while a lack of data prevented similar analysis for NHS and local authority estimates, the findings were made based on market experience. 

Robert Grundy, Savills’ head of housing, said: "Big strides have been made to provide data on central government holdings, but we urgently need to achieve a similar register of assets held by local authorities and NHS bodies.

"Only then will we be in a position to accurately assess the full potential for housing delivery and income generation for the public bodies currently holding the land."

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