Mayor launches new land database to spur housing development

05 March 2013

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, has launched a new database detailing Greater London Authority (GLA) land assets as he continues to push for greater amounts of public land to be released for development, accelerating the number of homes being built in the capital and boosting the economy.

The GLA, which inherited over 600 hectares of land as a result of the Localism Act in April 2012, is currently one of the largest owners of public land in London. The new Land Assets Database, a manifesto commitment, details these holdings and includes information about the size and location of individual sites as well as aerial photographs. This is the first time these sites, and those of the GLA functional bodies, have been made publically available in this way, making it far easier for anyone with an interest in this land to find out more.

Since May 2012 the Mayor has already released more than 100 hectares of this land, with an economic value of £1bn, and has committed that there will be a clear outcome agreed on all the GLA’s land by 2016. However he wants to see even more public land being brought forward for development and is establishing a housing procurement panel to help public land owners, such as London boroughs and Government departments, fast-track the release of their land and avoid the expensive lengthy process they would otherwise have to take on if they acted alone.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “London is facing unprecedented demand for housing and public land is one of the most important tools we have in our battle to build more homes. However these sites are useless unless we unlock their massive potential. I want developers to trawl through this new database and bombard us with great ideas on how they can transform these unused pockets of land into exciting new places to live.”

To view the GLA Land Assets Database go to


Notes to editors

  • The Mayor manages a land and property portfolio that transferred from the London Development Agency (LDA), London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) and the Homes and Communities Agency in London, following devolution in April 2012.
  • Currently, the database provides details of the GLA portfolio and those of its functional bodies. In the case of TfL, the data provided currently relates to operational assets only but this will be extended to include all assets shortly. However, it is not the intention to show roads, railway lines etc., although this information is available on request
  • The London Development Panel is a framework agreement, which will consist of up to twenty-five developers, procured to deliver housing and housing-led development on public land in London. It will provide a fast and efficient route to procuring delivery partners to take forward GLA owned land, but also can be used by subsidiaries of the GLA and other public bodies with land in London, including the London boroughs.
  • Panel Members will be appointed to the London Development Panel through a two stage restricted procedure in compliance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, advertised through a contract notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Bidders shortlisted at Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) stage submitted a tender response in December 2012. The evaluation of tenders is currently underway, and it is expected that the panel will commence by 1 April 2013.