Last week Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals which would make it easier for the public to challenge councils and other public organisations to release land for redevelopment.
According to the latest figures, there are over 25,000 vacant council-owned homes, and 100,000 empty council-owned garages.
Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
"Right to Regenerate is the simple way to turn public land into public good, with land sold by default, unless there is a very compelling reason not to do so.
"We are cutting through red tape so that communities can make better use of available land and derelict buildings, which means more new homes, businesses, and community assets.
"Millions of people will now be able to buy that empty property, unused garage or parcel of land and turn it into something good for them and their community.”
Read the press release here.
The consultation can be found here and closes on 13 March 2021.