GLA and government link up to launch public land database

Authorities in London have begun work on a new database of publicly owned land as the government looks to make more land available for home building.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and housing minister Brandon Lewis announced the move, which will involve the Greater London Authority (GLA), the capital’s 32 boroughs and the government. It is thought to be the first time such a comprehensive set of data has been collected for the city.

Property research firm Savills will lead the first stage in compiling a register of brownfield land in London and aims to have it completed by the end of 2015. Once collected, the GLA will use the data to map the spread of sites across the city.

The move reflects the government’s new emphasis on speeding up the development of brownfield sites to ease the national housing shortage.

In 2013 Johnson launched a database detailing GLA holdings, as part of a push to make more public land available for redevelopment.

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