Digital infrastructureSmart CitiesThe Land Hub tool to drive property development

The Land Hub tool to drive property development

Homes England has launched an Interactive tool, Land Hub, to help builders quickly match plots of land that are ready for development.

UK government’s housing accelerator, Homes England, has developed an interactive tool called The Land Hub. The tool will list the sites available for development or disposal by Homes England. It will collaborate between builders and plots of land.

Close to 2,500 acres of land will be held out to developers. This development-ready land will also be available for sale to small and medium-sized building companies. Homes England updated Land Hub with 148 sites available for development in the next 18 months.

The Land Hub tool will add to the innovations taking place in the UK towards building smart cities. Last year, smart city data start-up won pioneer of the year award.

Despite all the promises, the UK is still many years away from a smart city. Though intriguing local initiatives have suggested possible ways forward.

Next generation’s dream of home ownership

The Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire, said: “We are determined to help a new generation realise the dream of home ownership which is why we are determined to see 300,000 new homes built a year by the mid-2020s.

“The Land Hub will help match developers to sites where they can build the properties communities need.”

Nearly 1000 homes could be built combining each of the proposed sites. These potential homes could be used for residential, industrial or commercial purpose.

Homes England’s partnership with DIO

Homes England has signed a partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to develop land being released by the Ministry of Defence. Owing to this, extra sites would be released to developers. This arrangement could have over 10,000 projects available across seven brownfield sites for development.

Nick Walkley, Chief Executive of Homes England, said: “This partnership provides another great opportunity for Homes England to intervene in the housing market and make homes happen.

“By combining our skills and expertise with the DIO to progress brownfield sites no longer needed by the Ministry of Defence, we will speed up the process of providing much-needed homes.”

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