Public land unlocking fund

We could have bought Knowle off ourselves and built affordable housing!

Councils can bid to a new £45m land release fund for site remediation and small-scale infrastructure projects that will help bring sites forward for housing that could not otherwise be developed.

The fund has been launched by the Department for Communities & Local Government in partnership with the One Public Estate programme run by the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association (LGA), which is separately offering £9m to councils to deliver programmes to make better use of publicly owned land and buildings.

Ministers hope to unlock enough council-owned land for at least 160,000 homes to be built by 2020.

Minister for government resilience and efficiency Caroline Nokes said: “One Public Estate is enabling local authorities to make better use of their land and property and deliver tangible benefits to their communities.”