A new report published today (14 December) sets out how Government could unlock the delivery of thousands of new homes using surplus public sector land.
An Expert Advisory Panel, led by Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley and commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government, has identified 18 sites with the potential to deliver 23,000 new homes.
Their report to Government makes five key recommendations:
"This is a golden opportunity to deliver growth and great places', said Tony Pidgley, as Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel. "It's surplus public land. It doesn't need new legislation. In recent weeks, the Deputy Prime Minister has urged us to think big. The Planning Minister has urged us to make new housing beautiful. On all these sites we can do both."
"What it needs is a simple system to dispose of the available land alongside investment in infrastructure, and then the private sector can shoulder the risk, paying back the funding and land value to government once the homes are built."
"If statutory consultees step up to the mark and give their advice in a timely and constructive manner; and everyone shows a common commitment, we can create some fantastic new places fast, with huge dividends in terms of homes, jobs, and GDP".
The Expert Advisory Panel comprised Keith Exford, Group Chief Executive of Affinity Sutton; Bob Lane OBE, Chairman of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation; David Pretty, CBE; and Tony Pidgley, Chairman of the Berkeley Group.
Berkeley warmly welcomes the recent announcement by the Government of around £190 million of funding to enable quicker disposal of surplus public sector land for new homes, and the range of new investment in housing signalled in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.
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