The agency outlined which sites will be brought forward when, and how the body will decide whether or not to procure development partners through its Developer Partner Panel. As well as describing 112 development sites it will market in 2012/3, the land disposal strategy highlights a further 28 sites that will be put on the market from 2013/14 onwards. The strategy also confirms the HCA is looking to sell the bulk of its development land portfolio in Milton Keynes to the local council.
The agency also said it will release enough of its land for 16,226 houses by 2015, an increase of almost 50% on the land for 11,000 houses it committed to release last year. The body is one of several major government land-holders to commit to selling more housing land to developers, totalling enough space for 102,000 houses by 2015.
Housing minister Grant Shapps said the commitments meant the government will meet the prime minister’s goal of building 100,000 houses on public land by 2015, and it would now try to go further.