Section: Housing Provision

Select Committee disappointed that government will fail to meet key land disposal targets

Posted 25.07.19
Commons Select Committee: Further reading

The UK is in the grip of a housing crisis, with a severe shortage in some areas of affordable homes specifically social homes for rent.

Despite these pressing issues, the government has failed to use its position as a major land owner to develop and execute an effective strategy to meet land disposal targets.

The Commons Select Committee has expressed its disappointment that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government will miss its target for releasing land for new homes by such a wide margin.

It comments that, by the end of the programme the Department estimates it will have failed to sell the land needed for 91,000 of the homes promised under the target, equivalent to 57% of the overall target.

It further comments that this target was clearly unrealistic from the outset and, as we were concerned to discover during the inquiry, lacked a sufficient and rigorous evidence base when it was originally set.

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