Launch of The London Land Commission
The first ever database of public land for development in London, the London Land Commission, was launched last week as part of the long-term economic plan for London.
The purpose of the Commission is to co-ordinate the work of the Greater London Authority, the London boroughs and the government in relation to the regeneration of surplus public land in London. These organisations will work together to develop strategies to help ensure that more public land is made available for housing.
The Commission has been awarded £1 million for initial funding from the government and will meet quarterly, with meetings being co-chaired by the Mayor of London and the Housing Minister. The Commission’s aim is to have a comprehensive register of all brownfield public land (land previously used for industrial purposes or some commercial uses) in London compiled by the end of 2015.
The launch marks one of the first major planning reforms introduced by Chancellor George Osbourne which propose to speed up the development of brownfield land in London and increase capacity to build more homes in the areas where they are most needed.