Mayor launches land database

The Mayor of London has launched a new database detailing Greater London Authority land assets as part of his push for greater amounts of public land to be released for development.

The GLA, which inherited over 600 hectares of land as a result of the Localism Act in April 2012, is currently one of the largest owners of public land in London. The new Land Assets Database, one of Boris Johnson’s manifesto commitments, details these holdings.

Since May 2012 the Mayor has already released more than 100 hectares of this land, with an economic value of £1bn, and has committed that there will be a clear outcome agreed on all the GLA’s land by 2016.  However he wants to see even more public land being brought forward for development and is establishing a housing procurement panel to help public land owners, such as London boroughs and Government departments, fast-track the release of their land.

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