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Shapps aims to free public land for 100,000 houses

Housing minister Grant Shapps has set out plans to release Government-owned land to build up to 100,000 new homes by 2015.

Last week, Shapps said that by autumn, every Government dep-artment with significant landbanks will publish plans to release thousands of acres of previously developed land to housebuilders. The amount of previously developed land owned by the public sector is more than twice the size of Leicester.

The public expenditure committee will go through each department’s plans to make sure every possible site is made available for housebuilding.

Shapps said: “I can confirm an ambitious challenge across Government to release enough land from Whitehall’s grip for 100,000 new homes across the country. Over the coming months, property specialists will work to make sure no stone is left unturned and no site is left unused.

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