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HCA exceeds housing target by 25%

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development

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The Homes and Communities Agency has disposed of enough land for 5,944 homes against a target of 4,771 in the last 12 months.

Through its 2013/14 land programmes, the agency has brought 114 hectares of previously developed land back into use for housing or commercial development, against a target of 98ha.

Based on this performance, the HCA says it is on track to dispose of enough land by April 2015 to build more than 16,000 homes.

As the HCA prepares to become the government’s land disposal agency from 1 April 2015, it is already adding surplus public land to its disposal pipeline.

Last year, it acquired 20 surplus sites from central government and it recently acquired the following six NHS Trust sites:

• Alexandra Hospital, Redditch (1.43ha)
• Belle Vue, Manchester (0.37ha)
• Graylingwell, Chichester (7ha)
• Lea Castle, Kidderminster (9.03ha)
• Saltergate, Chesterfield (1.1ha)
• Seacroft, Leeds (7.4ha)

In addition, NHS Property Services recently transferred the following sites, which are surplus to NHS requirements, to the HCA:

• Hitchin Hospital, North Hertfordshire
• Moorgreen Hospital, Hampshire
• Moorpark Offices , Lancaster
• Royal Albert Farm, Lancaster
• Shefford Health Centre, Beds
• Standish Hospital, Stroud

The HCA’s head of land, Claire O'Shaughnessy, said: “The HCA is increasing the amount of public land coming forward for development, speeding up existing development and re-starting stalled schemes.

“Our expanding public land role builds on our strengths of bringing sites to market for development and our local market knowledge. We are adding more sites to our delivery pipeline, such as the recent acquisitions from NHS trusts, and piloting a new transfer model as part of our new role.

“In the coming months, we will refine our disposal processes, reflecting feedback from the sector and building on the successes of initiatives such as our fast-track procurement process and deferred receipts.”

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