Public Sector: Land:Written question - 114851

Asked on: 21 November 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Public Sector: Land
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will introduce measures to ensure that developers meet existing commitments before further public land is released to those developers.
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 29 November 2017

The Government is clear that where sites have planning permission they should move ahead as quickly as possible. The most important step is for developers and authorities to work closely together, at a local level, to ensure that, once planning permission is granted, building on those sites is taken forward as quickly as possible.

The Public Land for Housing Programmes was designed to specifically address the shortage of land for housing and we want to ensure that homes are built on that land. We are now monitoring the progress of sites sold through both the 2011-15 and 2015-20 Public Land for Housing Programmes, in order to estimate the number of homes under construction and completed.

At Autumn Budget, the Government announced that a review panel will be set up, chaired by Sir Oliver Letwin MP. This review will explain the significant gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated or permissioned and make recommendations for closing the gap. The Review will provide an interim report in time for Spring Statement 2018 and a final report at Budget 2018.

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