Prisk: State land sell-off could yield 33,000 new homes
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The Government has sold enough public sector land to build an estimated 33,000 new homes, the housing minister has revealed.
He disclosed the figure following a Parliamentary question from Labour's shadow secretary of state for Communities and Local Government Hilary Benn.
In a written response, Mark Prisk said: "To free up more surplus land for new housing, the Government is committed to releasing formerly used land, owned by central Government, capable of delivering up to 100,000 homes by April 2015. We have identified surplus land for 100,000 homes and, to date, we have already sold land to support the building of an estimated 33,000 new homes.
"Details on the sale price and buyers of individual sites are held by the respective public bodies which previously owned the land.
"The Homes and Communities Agency is working with departments to accelerate disposal of surplus public land. This work includes making the land ready for market, developing proposals for a single ‘shop window’ to help with marketing, and encouraging the use of the innovative ‘Build Now, Pay Later’ model.
"The Government is committed to ensuring the swift release of public sector land to allow for the building of new homes. A programme of work is under way and the Government will provide an update on progress at the autumn statement."