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Key role for HCA in Government plans for land

Published date : 6 October 2011

The Homes and Communities Agency will have a key role to play in Government plans to release enough public land to build up to 100,000 new homes by 2015, the Agency’s chief executive Pat Ritchie said today.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has announced that four central Government departments – Health, Defence, DEFRA and Transport – have developed strategies with input from the HCA, setting out how they intend to use their land to deliver more than 50,000 of these homes; while the Agency’s own Development and Land Disposal Strategy will see delivery of a further 11,000.

The HCA will use its enabling role – which has a strong commercial focus – to help Local Authorities and other public bodies to increase the amount of land available for development and speed up its release.  The Agency will also work with each Government department, challenging them to release as much land as possible.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Pat Ritchie, chief executive at the HCA, said:

“New homes, economic growth and land are intrinsically linked, so I welcome the importance Ministers have placed on encouraging public bodies to maximise the use of their assets.

“Through our own land holdings, our funding, and our commercially focused enabling role, the HCA is extremely well placed to help councils and others to bring forward land and speed up its development, meeting local communities’ aspirations for quality housing and economic prosperity.”

The HCA’s Development and Land Disposal Strategy was published in June, setting out how pioneering use of the Build Now, Pay Later deferred receipts model will see delivery of up to 11,000 new homes.   And the Agency is simultaneously establishing stewardship arrangements to determine the future of economic assets inherited from the RDAs last month, in line with local objectives.

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For more information please contact Robert Davies in the HCA press office, 020 7874 8269 / robert.davies@hca.gsx.gov.uk

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