The UK government recently announced an action plan to expedite the sale of assets that it no longer requires for official purposes. The plan’s measures include the sale of public sector land that has already received planning permission.
On November 25 of last year, the prime minister gave a keynote speech in front of the Comprehensive Spending Review. He said that it was his intention to create a “smarter state” a goal that was attainable through efficiency, reform, and devolution within the UK government. Mr Cameron said that releasing government-owned land ready for new build homes and closing down government offices can help build badly-needed houses and make home ownership more attainable. There are, he said, multiple opportunities to make a difference to people’s lives as well as their pockets.
The prime minister added that the British government will speed up the sale of assets that it no longer needs, and for the first time there will be sales of public sector land with planning permission already obtained. Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said that the availability of public sector land was always good news, but it wasn't likely that the land being sold would come with full permission. She said that the permission would be more in principle than anything else.