Housing Minister Brandon Lewis urged developers to seize the opportunity and build the homes hard-working people want and deserve.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has more than 80 public land sites for sale and will bring a further 40 more sites to market over the next 18 months, providing a boost to local economies and a significant return to the taxpayer.
It is estimated these sites will support more than 5,000 homes as well as land for industry and business. Over 20% of the sites already have outline or detailed planning permission.
The government has embarked on the largest house building programme since the 1970s as it looks to deliver a million new homes. It will support the delivery of 160,000 homes through the sale of surplus public sector land.
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:
“Using surplus public sector land for housing has helped us get the country building again with the number of new homes up by 25%.
“Selling off these sites will allow us to go even further, delivering on our ambition to support a further 160,000 homes, while providing a significant boost to local economies and the taxpayer.
“I now want to see developers getting shovels in the ground as quick as possible and build the homes hard-working people want and deserve.”