HCA starts land sell-off to build 3,000 new homes

Aaron Morby 12 years ago

The Housing and Communities Agency has set out plans to sell nearly 7,500 ha of housing land over the next two years.

The agency hopes the big sell-off of land valued at £690m will allow house builders to deliver 3,000 extra homes within four years.

The HCA’s accelerated land sale programme will deliver the extra homes in addition to an expected 8,000 homes already programmed to be delivered on HCA land over the next four years.

Around 35% of the total land up for grabs will be in the Midlands, with a further 28% being sold in the south east and east.

The north west will account for a fifth of total land on offer, with the north east offering 9% and south west 6% of the total land bank on offer.

Pat Ritchie, chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency said: “As part of our development and land disposal strategy we have also published a list of HCA-owned sites that will be brought to market over the next two years.

“This includes sites where we have identified that disposal can be accelerated, which should allow 3,000 extra homes to start on site over the next four years.

“We’re accelerating them using a variety of tools to ensure that more people can benefit from improved communities and new homes,” she added.

Much of the already advanced programme of land release has been offered to developers and house builders on the HCA’s Delivery Partner Panel.

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Accelerated disposal programme progress

  • Park Prewett, Basingstoke – Making good progress on legal discussions with preferred developer and expect to sign contracts by July.
  • Blackwall Reach, Tower Hamlets – In the process of consulting residents and other stakeholders prior to the submission of the outline planning application.
  • Ransome Road, Northampton – Received expressions of interest from the Delivery Partner Panel. Sifting briefs have been issued alongside proceeding with works on site in the form of a first phase of remediation and enabling delivery of junction works..
  • Cotgrave, Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire – Expression of interest submitted to the Delivery Partner Panel and holding a developer Open Day on 27 June.
  • Croppings, Lightmoor, Telford – Planning application has been submitted.
  • Cronton, Knowsley, and Haig former coalfields and Greenwich Ecology Park – Now transferred to The Land Trust.
  • Hemel Hempstead – Due diligence being completed before being brought to market.

Schemes at advanced stage

  • Fairmile, Oxfordshire – An HCA-owned 40 ha former hospital site in Cholsey, Oxfordshire, being transformed with the creation of 354 new homes. Developer Linden Homes will complete first homes this month. It is expected that the whole scheme will be complete by 2014. This is an early pilot for Build Now, Pay Later.
  • Bentley, Doncaster – A former coalfield site which will deliver 170 new homes. The scheme has detailed planning permission and a preferred developer is shortly to be appointed following a selection process using the HCA’s Delivery Partner Panel.
  • Three Score, Bowthorpe, Norwich –  A key housing site for around 1,200 homes plus amenities. The Delivery Partner Panel was used to shortlist developers and the site has been accelerated by approximately six months to one year earlier than it would have been through the normal procurement process and a developer has now been selected.
  • Middle Deepdale, Scarborough – ATLAS (The HCA’s Advisory Team for Large Scale Applications) has provided enabling support to help Scarborough Council evolve a joint planning and development strategy for a key site part-owned by the council for over 1,000 homes. The team is currently helping parties to prepare a planning application to take the site into the next stage of delivery.
  • Aykley Heads, Durham – The HCA has provided enabling support through its ATLAS team to Durham County Council and other public sector partners to evolve a planning and delivery strategy for this important site, partly owned by the council in Durham City.

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