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HCA announces three sites for Public Land Initiative

The Homes and Communities Agency has identified the next three sites – in Telford, London and Birmingham - to be developed under its Public Land Initiative.

The sites, announced today, are:

  • ‘The Croppings Parcel A’, Lightmoor Urban Village, Telford - 100 homes are planned for this HCA-owned site, of which 30 will be affordable. Outline planning permission is secured and infrastructure work is expected to start this summer.
  • Mildmay Regeneration project, Tower Hamlets, London - 139 homes are planned for this site owned by Paddington Churches Housing Association, of which 49 will be affordable. Subject to planning permission, work is expected to start this summer.
  • Birmingham PLI cluster - 230 homes are planned on six sites owned by Birmingham City Council, of which 80 will be affordable. Subject to planning permission, work is expected to start in early autumn.

HCA director of strategy, policy, performance and research Trevor Beattie said: “These three sites bring the total to be delivered through this programme so far to over 900 urgently needed new and affordable homes.

“It is just nine months since this initiative was launched.  To have achieved so much in such a short space of time proves the potential of publicly owned land to stimulate housing supply. 

“Our delivery partner panel will have the opportunity to progress these sites in the next few weeks, work will start in the summer and the first residents will be able to move in within a year.”

Funding for the Public Land Initiative was announced as part of the government’s Housing Pledge in June 2009.

The initiative aims to bring publicly owned housing sites forward using a different approach to procurement and delivery.

Rather than sell land outright to developers, public land owners make their land available on a ‘deferred payment’ basis.

In total 1,250 homes will be delivered through the PLI by the end of March 2012, 500 of which are to be affordable.

Development partners will be selected from the HCA’s Delivery Partner Panel (see Cninsight for full list) announced in January.

The completed homes could then be transferred to a registered social landlord, to Private Rental Sector Initiative partners, or sold on the open market to individuals.