London police stations, parks and schools are among 40,000 sites charted in a new ‘Domesday Book’ identifying the capital’s public land. The register has been published by the London Land Commission in a move to accelerate the release of brownfield sites owned by public bodies for development. It is estimated that at least 130,000 homes could be built on potentially surplus public sites.
The commission, chaired by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis, appointed property consultant Savills last year to compile the preliminary stages of the register. The register is now available in the form of an interactive map on City Hall’s website, which details the locations of land owned by the Mayor of London, government departments, London boroughs, Transport for London and the NHS.
The commission is working with landowners on the register to determine availability and encourage the marketing of public land. It will also identify areas to group together potential plots of surplus land to generate greater numbers of homes and create better regeneration sites.
Boris Johnson said: “The commission will be absolutely vital in co-ordinating all public bodies to ensure we squeeze every drop of developable land possible to build the homes we need for hard-working Londoners.”
Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ executive member for housing, said: “Publishing the register, which London boroughs have contributed towards, is a good starting point that will allow public sector organisations in the capital to take a more strategic approach to the use of their land, especially where adjacent sites are owned by different public landowners”.
John Stewart, director of economic affairs at the House Builders Federation, said: “The next step must be to translate these sites into real-life development opportunities which will boost housing supply in the capital, providing huge social and economic benefits to Londoners.”
The London Land Commission Register is here.