Putting Public Land To Public Use A First Step
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Fri Sep 28 20:28:38 BST 2018
Putting Public Land To Public Use A First Step
06 OCTOBER, 2017 |
- ALICE MARTIN - HEAD OF WORK & PAY
We often talk about the housing crisis, and the
unaffordability of homes and rent but we rarely
talk about the land beneath our homes, and its role in the crisis.
Across the country, a lack of affordable land is
stoking the affordability crisis, forcing up the
price of homes and rents. Despite this, and under
the radar, the government has been pursuing a
massive sale of public land encouraging
cash-strapped public authorities to sell their
hospitals, courtrooms and car parks to the
highest bidder to plug holes in their budgets.
This is a huge missed opportunity. Instead of
off-loading land to private developers, by
keeping the land in public or community control
and building high quality, affordable homes we
could actually start to solve the housing crisis.
This map, developed after discussion with local
groups up and down the country, is our first step
to bringing the public land sell-off to a halt,
and ensuring that our land is used for the
benefit of the community. It pinpoints where
public land is for sale and identifies sites that have already been sold.
What information have we mapped so far?
* Reports on the Government-led land sale
provided by the Department for Communities and
Local Government (DCLG). This was last updated in
February 2017. A new report was due in July 2017,
but has been postponed to 2018.
* Land and property registers of individual
public departments such as the Department of
Health, Greater London Authority and Ministry of Justice.
* Registers of public land put up for sale
over the last five years on the Government
Property Units Electronic Property Information
Mapping Service (EPIMS). The EPIMS register,
updated daily, includes public land and property
which is not being used and is therefore classed
as surplus. There is a 40-day window during which
other government agencies can propose new uses
for the land. Once the property is outside this
window, it appears on the register of public
sector land as is available for sale.
* Weve supplemented these public records
with our own research by
the development plans of some of the large sites
already sold, to shed light whether the land sale
was really in the public interest.
But this is just the start. What wed like to include:
* Local authority land: Councils are required
to keep an asset register, ideally, specifying
land theyve identified as surplus and what they
intend to do with it. But because each local
authority records this information differently,
and to varying degrees of detail, compiling a
coherent, up-to-date picture is a difficult task.
* Soft data from local residents: The best
information about what is happening to land is
gathered at a local level, by people living
nearby. Thats why were working with community
groups and campaign organisations across the UK
to improve local land literacy and encourage
communities to spot sites that arent being
effectively used, creating their own land
registers. In the months to come, well include
some of these local insights on our map.
* More detail so communities can take action:
Though the DCLG monitoring of the land sale is a
good start, there are details missing that we
think are crucial to allow the public to decide
whether the sell off is really in our interest.
Namely, the value of the land sold, the level of
affordable homes and homes for social rent
provided, and who the land is being sold to.
Well continue working with partners like
<http://www.sharedassets.org.uk/>Shared Assets to
create a strong public mandate for better
transparency over our land economy, for example
through holding the Government to account over
its commitment to open up and improve Land Registry data.
Watch this space for updated versions of the map.
We hope you make good use of it in the meantime.
Props to Rob Levy in particular for his mapping
skills, as well as Hanna Wheatley, Clifford
Singer and Joe Beswick for getting the map live.
up to our #SavePublicLand campaign to hear about
future actions as well as new research and resources.
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