12 Mar

Government releases land for new homes

Government releases land for new homes

Land to be used to build more than 100,000 new homes has been released by the government.

It is expected the decision to release the unused public sector land to support the creation of 103,000 new homes could help to tackle the strong demand for housing across the UK.

The amount of land released is more than initially promised by the prime minister and it is expected further parcels of land could be made available in the near future.

Local councils and developers will now be able to apply to help build property on the land - in a move that may help support the ongoing economic improvements.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles explained: "House building is at the heart of the government's long term economic plan. That's why, rather than leaving surplus public sector land idle, we are putting it to good use by releasing it to build new homes across the country."

He added: "I now want to see councils following Whitehall’s example and explore what they can do to release land and deliver new homes and savings for local taxpayers."

The government has further plans to release land to provide up to 150,000 additional homes between 2015 and 2020.

Housing minister Brandon Lewis confirmed there has been an increase in construction of new homes in recent months, but demand still outweighs supply.

"That’s why for the last four years we’ve pulled out all the stops to release formerly used surplus public sector land for house building meaning we have now exceeded our own target," said the minister.

A total of 899 sites across England had been released in the latest round and includes Ministry of Defence land at Aldershot in Hampshire, where planning permission has been gained to build 3,850 homes, two new primary schools, extensions to two secondary schools, two new pre-schools and day care centres and 110 hectares of new managed green space, play areas, sports and community facilities.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801779338-ADNFCR

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