Hopkins: Government has sold enough brownfield land for 68,000 homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Development, Housing
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Government departments have sold off enough brownfield land to build 68,000 homes, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins claimed today.
Hopkins said the Tory-led coalition had delivered on its promise to release thousands of acres of previously-developed land and property under its public sector land programme, and called on housebuilders and developers to get on and build more homes.
Every new home supports up to two jobs so the land sales will sustain over 135,000 jobs as the homes are built, Hopkins said.
The government has sold over 430 brownfield sites.
The minister claimed even more public land should be released to maintain housebuilding momentum, and urged councils to follow the lead set by central government by making their unused land available for development.
Hopkins said: “The government is a major landholder and hard-working taxpayers expect us to use these assets effectively. That’s why we have already delivered on our promise to release thousands of acres of brownfield land, the same numbers of homes as are in the whole of Blackpool, to protect the greenbelt and build new homes where they are needed.
“We’re making it easier for the public to see what land we own, and challenge us if they think they could use it better. Councils should now follow our lead, and consider if their land and property could be sold and used for delivering new homes, jobs and businesses in their communities.”
Peter Vaughan, Director at global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, said: “Councils need to take responsibility and re-configure their land and property assets to best serve the needs of the community.
“Our experience is that the vast majority of public sector assets have long been under managed, resulting in under use of valuable resources and poor facilities for employees and public alike.
“We also see plenty of inefficient publicly-owned buildings that could be disposed of with the proceeds used to fund local services and realise better and more efficient council buildings – such as through single flexible public sector hubs.
“This will release prime development opportunities, clear up old dinosaur public buildings that are totally unsustainable, spur construction activity to boost the economy and lay the foundations for better and more efficient services and built assets."