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English Partnerships launches Strategic Land Division

English Partnerships has announced the formation of a new division that will head up delivery of new homes on surplus public sector land.

The Strategic Land Division will lead the organisations efforts to deliver 200,000 new homes on publicly held land by 2016, as part of its response to the demands of the government’s Housing Green Paper.

The division will be led by Duncan Innes, formerly regional director for London & Thames Gateway for English Partnerships. His position will be filled by Stephen Oakes, currently area director for the North London Gateway.

English Partnerships chief executive John Walker said: “It is clear that we need to build more new homes across England and Government has set a target that 200,000 of them will be under construction on surplus or underused publicly-owned sites by 2016.

“The Strategic Land Division will spearhead our efforts in meeting this challenging target and is a clear indication of our commitment to continued delivery of English Partnerships’ housing and regeneration activities, in the run up to the new Homes and Communities Agency."