Today the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the final Budget before the general election – including proposals to release public sector land with capacity for up to 150,000 homes between 2015 and 2020 and launch consultation on the compulsory purchase regime to make it clearer, faster and fairer.
Jeff Nottage, Director of Masterplanning at architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, said:
“Public sector land won’t necessarily be in the right place for new housing and lack transport links. We call for an-uplift in the value of those sites to be retained and reinvested in infrastructure improvements and new transport connections – to ensure development is truly sustainable.
“Consultation on the reform of the compulsory purchase process is welcome as it can be notoriously long-winded and increases the challenges involved in unlocking brownfield sites, which are increasingly complex to develop in large cities and particularly in London.”