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Lend Lease ComRes report: housing to be boosted by land release

The amount of public sector land released over the next 12 months will rise by a fifth, according to research by Lend Lease and ComRes released today.

A new report, the inaugural Lend Lease/ComRes Land and Regeneration Index Findings, has revealed that 76 per cent of public sector officers expect to release land for development over the next year, compared with 63 per cent who had done so in the previous year.

The land will be mostly used for residential development, according to 200 public sector officials surveyed for the report.

Of those who said they would bring forward land, 89 per cent said it would be used for social housing and 86 per cent said it would be used for private housing.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said central government was committed to releasing brownfield land and stressed public sector bodies should do the same.

Lend Lease group chief operating officer and chief executive in Europe Dan Labbad said the residential sector needed more publicly owned land to deliver the UK’s housing and infrastructure needs.

However, he said the challenge now was for developers to work with the public sector and local communities to increase the supply of housing and the accessibility of social infrastructure.

Of the 200 people surveyed, 150 respondents were senior local planning officers, while 50 were responsible for managing estates. Of those 50, 44 were NHS respondents and six were in other central government bodies.

Key findings included:

38 per cent of those surveyed expect to bring forward the same amount of land, while 8 per cent expect to bring forward less.

More officials will release publicly owned land for retail development, with 68 per cent hoping to bring forward land for smaller commercial development and 54 per cent for larger commercial developments.

Of those who feel under pressure to bring land forward more quickly, 93 per cent said this pressure was coming directly from central government.

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