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HCA highlights public land for construction projects

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has highlighted hundreds of sites across the UK where public land is to be used to help boost home construction efforts to help meet the country's growing need for homes.

Announcing the new Land Development and Disposal Plan, the HCA has highlighted its commitment to helping the government achieve its target of providing an additional 100,000 new homes across the UK by 2015.

Richard Hill, deputy chief executive of the HCA, said: "Land is key to promoting economic growth and supporting the delivery of new homes, and this plan sets out how we will bring forward opportunities for new homes, employment and community facilities at sites across the country."

The plan aims to deliver 16,226 new homes towards meeting the government's target over the coming years and will see the HCA carry out a widespread disposal of its holdings.

Criteria set by the department to ensure any appropriate land for disposal is made available as soon as possible include not holding land for longer than is necessary, carrying out disposals in areas which would be of significant benefit to local communities and being transparent about the disposal process, ensuring all interested parties are given a fair chance to put forward their case.

The HCA will now be working alongside local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Core Cities scheme to bring as much of its land holdings to market as soon as possible.

Earlier this week, the Department for Communities and Local Government revealed the government's new Build Now, Pay Later initiative is helping developers to move forward on much-needed construction projects more quickly, ensuring local communities are receiving new home projects and improved amenities, and that available space is being made use of as efficiently as possible.

Housing minister Grant Shapps concluded: "This gives builders access to land they only pay for after the homes are built, laying the foundations for new homes and neighbourhoods right across the country." 

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