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The government has announced that Homes England has launched an interactive Land Hub, updated with 148 sites available for development in the next 18 months.

Nearly 2,500 acres that are ready for development will be made available to property developers through the new tool, including small and medium-sized building companies who can purchase these plots in order to build properties on them.

James Brokenshire, communities secretary, commented: “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 needed.”

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Using innovation to support the sector

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, according to a recent government press release.

This tool will provide potential developers with a whole host of information for each site, including details of the planning status, size and proposed use, whether it be residential, industrial or commercial.

These latest innovations are designed to support the whole sector while the government aims to deliver 300,000 new homes a year by mid-2020s. Other initiatives put forward recently by Homes England include 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.

Accelerating the delivery of homes for the nation

Sir Edward Lister, chairman of Homes England, commented: “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 new land being made available to developers comes shortly after Homes England has agreed a partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to develop land being released by the Ministry of Defence. This scheme has the potential to deliver over 10,000 homes across seven brownfield sites, and forms part of the government’s overall effort to accelerate housebuilding.

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.”

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Jim Kersey
Jim focuses on the socio-economic impact of housing. His reporting for Property Notify often touches on topics such as changes in sentiment among investors in various housing sectors, as well as the impact of various developments on the average person.

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