Stewart Jackson – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Communities and Local Government

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Stewart Jackson on 2015-10-20.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the efficacy of the Homes and Communities Agency in respect of its duties on (a) land disposals and (b) allocating and choosing partners for developing (i) brownfield and (ii) other land for residential use; and if he will make a statement.

Brandon Lewis

The Department regularly reviews the Homes and Communities Agency’s performance to ensure that both the Agency and the Department’s Accounting Officer responsibilities are satisfied.

Over the last Parliament the Homes and Communities Agency disposed of land with capacity for 20,930 homes, exceeding their plan. Whilst the Agency has a panel of preferred development partners, selected through a gateway approvals process, it is not tied to using this panel and will make a decision between engaging the development partner panel or securing a partner on the open market.

An independent assessment of the efficacy of the Home and Communities Agency’s work will be commissioned following the Spending Review and will include consideration of how the Agency performs its functions in respect of land. I expect findings from that review to report in the spring.