Mayor launches London Land Commission

22 July 2015, Blog

London Mayor Boris Johnson and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis have launched the London Land Commission, in an attempt to free up excess public land in London to help with the capital’s housing crisis. This is the first time that City Hall, the Government and the boroughs have coordinated their efforts to unlock surplus land.

Real estate research firm Savills has been chosen to pull together the first stages of a “Domesday Book” of all brownfield public land in London, which is due to be completed by the end of 2015.

Speaking about the new Commission, Johnson said that it “will build on the great efforts we’ve already made at City Hall” and will be “vital in co-ordinating the efforts of a whole raft of public bodies to achieve this important goal, helping to cut through the red tape that has kept valuable land tied up for too long”.

London’s Royal Docks and the former Cane Hill hospital site in Croydon are just a couple of the sites that have already been released by the Mayor.

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