Public land

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Does the Mayor have a full understanding of public sector landholdings in London, including surplus land?


Answer for Public land

Answer for Public land

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  As we know, the London Land Commission published a public land register in 2015.  However, there were a number of problems with the register.  It included, for instance, 10 Downing Street as a brownfield site.  This is why since last year my officers have been working to improve the register by adding outlines of sites rather than simple dots on a map, including thousands more additional sites and beginning to remove those sites from the London Land Commission Register that will never be developed, such as the British Museum, Regent’s Park and the National Gallery.  Such improvements will make it a lot more usable and easier to identify adjacent sites.  The register, in this new format, will go live in the New Year.  This will strengthen our understanding of public sector landholdings and also will be accessible through the London website to anyone who wants this information. 


Beyond identifying public sector landholdings, we need to identify programmes of land to release for housing.  Since last year I have also ensured the GLA is working with public sector landowners regularly and directly to identify which sites are, or can be made, surplus.  Clearly a lot of potential development opportunities can only be realised following detailed feasibility work and decisions about the future operation of a public service. 


I understand you have some experience in this area, Assembly Member Devenish, and so I am happy for you to meet with my team if you have any ideas on how to make further improvements in this area.


Tony Devenish AM:  Thank you, Mr Mayor.  You said in the New Year: when will it be published, please?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I would be disappointed if it was not in January but feel free to speak to me offline to get a specific date.  I want it sooner rather than later.