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Revealed: Hundreds of HCA hectares up for development

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Hundreds of hectares of Homes and Communities Agency land is to be put up for sale for commercial, housing and mixed-use developments, with special measures to boost the viability of projects

According to the AJ’s sister publication Construction News, dozens of sites around the country are to be brought forward for disposal by March 2015, in a mix of sizes.

The agency is currently responsible for around 9,400 hectares of land, property and liabilities in England, but is committed to release to contribute to a government target to release enough land for 100,000 homes by March 2015.

As well as seeking market value for the land, the HCA will use deferred payment schemes, fast-track procurement methods and the existing Delivery Partner Panel to promote development on the sites.

Sites will be advertised via the HCA website and on the Government’s site Find Me Some Government Space, and will be disposed of through the DPP, by OJEU or through auction.

HCA deputy chief executive Richard Hill said the body had a ‘significant role to play’ in ensuring the release of public sector land in a ‘timely and appropriate way’.

‘Land is key to promoting economic growth and this plan sets out how we will bring forward opportunities for new homes, employment and community facilities at sites across the country.’

Land is to be disposed of “as quickly as possible”, with a focus on promoting growth and in a transparent way with a “level playing field” for end users.

Over the 2010-2014/15 period, the HCA is committed to releasing enough land to build 14,000 homes, with capacity for 4,704 released in 2012/13.

Funds have also been available through HCA receipts since 2011 to invest in infrastructure and enabling works to accelerate the release of land, and deliver 3,000 starts on site over the five-year period.

Four Sites comprising 711 units were started in 2012/13.

Other opportunities coming to market could include sites in Manchester and Birmingham, where the HCA is working with local authorities to bring several sites forward for private rental.

The body also, since the autumn statement, has had an enhanced role in disposing of public sector land, including a programme to de-risk government department sites.

Total hectarage

The largest sites are in Northamption, where two 40-hectare sites will be made available, and in Wyre Forest, where a 93.20 hectare plot will be brought forward.

Weymouth and Portland in the South West will also see a site of around 40 hectares brought forward.

Presented below is a list of sites larger than five hectares large to be sold off.

The full list of sites to be sold off can be found here.

East and South East

NameLocal AuthorityArea (hectares)Proposed useProposed date of marketing
Land East of Tinsley LaneCrawley11.54Residential2014/15


NameLocal AuthorityArea (hectares)Proposed useProposed date of marketing
Hardingstone SUENorthampton45.00Residential2013/14 Q2
Upton ParkNorthampton41.00Mixed-use2013/14 Q4
Former Sideway CollieryStoke-on-Trent13.88Residential2014/15
Lea Castle HospitalWyre Forest93.20Residential



Horsehay ALD site, LightmoorTelford and Wrekin5.17Residential



Ansty Business ParkCoventry28.61Commercial2013/14 Q1
Browns LaneCoventry9.44Commercial2013/14 Q1
Castle Gate ParkDudley5.10Commercial2013/14 Q1
Nedge East - Future DevelopmentTelford and Wrekin14.97Commercial2013/14 Q1
Plot 1 Hortonwood 65Telford and Wrekin5.53Commercial2013/14 Q1
Plots 6 & 7, Hortonwood 60Telford and Wrekin6.96Commercial2013/14 Q1

North East, Yorkshire and the Humber

NameLocal AuthorityArea (hectares)Proposed useProposed date of marketing
Hickleton CollieryBarnsley5.97Commercial / Residential2013/14 Q1
Shirebrook Phase 1Bolsover12.50Residential2013/14 Q1
Seaham CollieryDurham8.80Residential2013/14 Q4
Eldon Whins, Newton AycliffeDurham9.20Residential2014/15
Seacroft HospitalLeeds17.01Residential2013/14 Q4
Killingworth StoresNorth Tyneside15.12Commercial2013/14 Q2

North West

NameLocal AuthorityArea (hectares)Proposed useProposed date of marketing
Lillyhall North Ind EstAllerdale12.85Mixed-use2013/14 Q2
Hooton Business ParkCheshire West and Chester5.90Commercial2013/14 Q2
AshtonsfieldSalford5.90Commercial2013/14 Q2
Land At 454 Croston RoadSouth Ribble5.52Residential2013/14 Q4
Whalleys 2 & 3West Lancashire6.85Commercial2013/14 Q4
Lillyhall Bus ParkAllerdale9.50CommercialMarketing Commenced
Whitehaven Commerce ParkCopeland14.09CommercialMarketing Commenced
Estuary Commerce ParkLiverpool24.02CommercialMarketing Commenced

South and South West

NameLocal AuthorityArea (hectares)Proposed useProposed date of marketing
Plots 3 + 6 Temple QuayBristol5.69Mixed-use2014/15
(Part of) Daedulus AirfieldGosport6.07Commercial2013/14 Q4
Indian Queens Development LandCornwall7.9Commercial2013/14 Q1
Helston Business Park, HelstonCornwall6.80Commercial2013/14 Q1
Osprey Quay Plots P, M1a, M1b, M1dWeymouth and Portland38.56Mixed-Use2013/14 Q1
Tolvaddon Energy ParkCornwall7.01CommercialMarketing Commenced
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