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Disposal of public land for new homes inquiry


The Plan for Growth in the March 2011 Budget set out the Government’s intentions to dispose of surplus government land. The then Housing Minister, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP announced the first land disposals programme in June 2011 which planned to "release enough public land to build as many as 100,000 new, much-needed, homes and support as many as 25,000 jobs by 2015".

In the 2014 Autumn Statement, the Government announced an "increased ambition for public sector land and commits to releasing enough land for up to 150,000 homes between 2015 and 2020". By 2020 the Government expects at least a further £5 billion of receipts from surplus land.

No monitoring of sold sites

The National Audit Office’s investigation into progress towards these targets raised concerns regarding evidence behind the targets and also that departments do not routinely monitor what happens to a site after disposal so there is no information on how many homes have been built on sold land.

This inquiry looks at how the Department intends to measure progress through sales proceeds or number of potential homes; and to clarify who will take responsibility for monitoring what happens to land after disposal within the target period.