The amount of brownfield land owned by national government, City Hall and London councils is sufficient to build at least 130,000 homes according to a new “comprehensive” audit of publicly held land in the capital.
The London Land Commission, which is chaired by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, has compiled details of all the landholdings into a single register which is now available online.
It includes land held by central government departments, Transport for London, City Hall, the NHS and London boroughs with holdings ranging from “tiny parcels” to sites capable of providing hundreds of new homes.
The register will provide developers with an easily accessible and up to date list of land available to help meet the needs of London’s growing population.
Publishing the register, Mr Johnson said: “There is an urgent need in London for more homes for our ever growing population and for far too long, land owned by public bodies has lain dormant or sold off with no benefit to the capital.
“That simply must not be allowed to happen and we must build on the work done at City Hall in releasing land for development.”
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis added: “This register will allow us go even further, providing a valuable tool for developers to get on and build the homes hard-working Londoners want and need.”
Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, who leads on housing issues for London’s councils, said: “Publishing the register, which London boroughs have contributed towards, is a good starting point that will allow public sector organisations in the capital to take a more strategic approach to the use of their land, especially where adjacent sites are owned by different public landowners.
“Working together and using land more creatively is vital in order to help tackle the housing crisis and deliver an increase in affordable homes for Londoners.”