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Derelict Land

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 453W, on derelict land, how many (a) registered social landlords (RSLs) and (b) local authorities operated land banks in May 2009; what the estimated monetary value of such land held by (i) RSLs and (ii) local authorities was as at 31 May 2009; and in respect of how many such assets is development expected to commence in the next six months. (281396)

[holding answer 22 June 2009]: The Tenant Services Authority (TSA), the independent regulator of the Registered Social Landlord (RSL) sector, does not monitor all RSL land banks on a comprehensive basis. The TSA does not register land banks held by RSLs. However, they do collect information on such holdings of undeveloped land for the larger developing RSLs.

The TSA has been monitoring this type of activity, on a quarterly basis, since January 2009.

Their latest figures, from April 2009, show that 100 associations have land yet to be developed with an overall value of £1.2 billion. They do not hold information on the amount of this land that is expected to be developed in the next six months.

With regard to local authority land, this Department does not hold this information centrally. However, we are working with the Homes and Communities Agency to develop a robust system of data collection so that we can identify and record what housing development is taking place on public sector sites. The Homes and Communities Agency is seeking the help of local authorities in establishing this database.