Digital tool to help deliver thousands of homes
An interactive tool to help match builders to plots of land which are ready for home-building has been launched today, to help get properties completed more quickly
• Homes England launches its interactive Land Hub, updated with 148 sites available for development in the next 18 months
• Sites total 2,500 acres of developable land
Nearly 2,500 acres ready for development will be made available to developers, including small and medium-sized building companies, to purchase and get properties built.
The tool has been developed by Homes England, the Government’s housing accelerator.
The Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said:
“We are determined to help a new generation realise the dream of home ownership which is why we are determined to see 300,000 new homes built a year by the mid-2020s.
“The Land Hub will help match developers to sites where they can build the properties communities need.”
Over the next 18 months, 148 sites are going to be made available via the online Land Hub with the potential for thousands of homes to be built. The site will include details of the planning status, size and proposed use – such as residential, industrial or commercial – of each site.
Getting the whole sector behind the latest innovations in development and building will be key to achieving 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. Homes England is supporting builders to do this through initiatives such as the Government’s £4.5 billion Home Building Fund, which provides support to builders using modern methods of construction and new, innovative builders entering the market.
Sir Edward Lister, Chairman of Homes England, said:
“Bringing another 148 sites to market demonstrates the scale of Homes England’s ambition to unlock land and accelerate the delivery of homes the country needs.
“We are keen to speak to developers about the opportunities in our latest pipeline and want to collaborate with both major developers and smaller builders to create a more resilient housing market.”
The extra sites being released to developers follows the news that Homes England has agreed a partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to develop land being released by the Ministry of Defence. This has the potential to deliver over 10,000 homes across seven brownfield sites.
Nick Walkley, Chief Executive of Homes England, said:
“This partnership provides another great opportunity for Homes England to intervene in the housing market and make homes happen.
“By combining our skills and expertise with the DIO to progress brownfield sites no longer needed by the Ministry of Defence, we will speed up the process of providing much-needed homes.”