HCA land sell-off continues with 19 North West sites
The Homes & Communities Agency has published its land disposal plan to the end of 2017, outlining 90 acres of surplus land it has put up for sale across Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside.
The plan sets out the landholdings that the HCA expects to bring forward for development and disposal over the next fifteen months, to the end of March 2017. It includes landholdings that have been identified as being of importance locally or nationally, and sites that have potential for development, predominantly for housing, but also for some commercial use.
The HCA said that it has committed to publishing the plan quarterly, to update housebuilders and local partners on the pipeline of plots coming to the market.
Sites up for sale in the North West include land in Liverpool, Warrington, Preston and Chorley.
Across the country, 80 sites totalling 600 acres are currently for sale.
The HCA said that the programme followed “a thorough review of its land disposal policy and practice”.
According to the land disposal report: “During this review we liaised with key stakeholders, including the house-builders and learnt a great deal about what we need to do to make our land attractive in the market. This plan is one part of our response – setting out a regular pipeline of disposals to help house builders and local partners plan ahead, and keep them aware of land coming to market. The timetable for marketing takes account of site preparation works and producing the technical information required by purchasers. In some cases it also reflects the timetable for obtaining planning consent.”