15 Mar

New property programme to target unused land

New property programme to target unused land

A new scheme could help encourage more house building on land that is derelict or underused.

The pilot will involve a total of 73 councils across England and will allow builders to access a detailed register of brownfield plots that could be transformed into housing developments.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark believes the scheme will help to speed up the building of new homes and benefit communities that are suffering from a housing shortage.

The government has already committed to the creation of one million new homes and the granting of planning permission on 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites.

“A key part of our ambition to build a million homes is to get work started on brownfield sites across the country, many of which are currently nothing more than blight on a community’s landscape,” explained Mr Clark.

He added: “These councils will be at the forefront of these efforts to list land and encourage builders to deliver new homes for aspiring home owners. But this is just the first step and I would urge councils to continue to offer up brownfield sites to deliver the homes their residents want and need.”

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis further explained the registers of land will become mandatory for all councils once the Housing and Planning Bill is passed into law.

Each council involved in the pilot scheme has been given £10,000 to help facilitate the creation of the new registers.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801814667-ADNFCR

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