Surplus public sector land could be redeveloped to provide at least 130,000 homes says The London Land Commission (LLC)
In a report by the London Land Commission, a body set up by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, has found that the government owns over 43,000 plots of land that could be redeveloped to supply 130,000 homes. This accounts for about 25% of London.
The sites identified include fire stations, schools, hospitals,courts, offices, Transport for London and police stations. The dormant sites with possibility to develop are shown below.
The capital is experiencing major growth and needs over 50,000 new homes a year just to meet demand and stand still. It is expected that by 2030 Londons population will reach 10 million people.
Boris Johnson stated “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.”
The Mayor is encouraging local councils to review possible brown field sites and release them for development.