THE battle to protect public land from greedy developers was made easier yesterday with the launch of a new interactive map which reveals every single patch of public land across the country.
The online map created by think tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF) flags all sites for sale around Britain — as well as land that has already been handed over to the private property developers.
NEF hopes that the information will help bring people together to protect public land — mostly owned by government departments such as the Ministry of Justice — which could be used to build genuinely affordable housing.
The NEF’s Save Public Land campaign follows a party conference season that has been dominated by housing “but with no party fully addressing the public land sale,” the think tank said.
Only a fifth of new homes forecast to be built on public land already sold off to developers is “affordable,” it added, while as little as 6 per cent of new homes are likely to be social rented housing.
Some developments comprise only luxury properties, the NEF research also shows.
NEF housing lead Alice Martin said: “We’re in the middle of a government-led public land sale, and most people don’t even know it’s happening.”
Land owned by the government is being sold at an unprecedented rate to “plug depleted budgets and stimulate the development of new private homes,” she said.
“But we already know that selling public land is not producing nearly enough affordable homes. Private developers are building slowly and the new homes aren’t actually affordable for most people.”
For more information about the Save Public Land campaign, visit: www.neweconomics.org/check-your-land-price