We often talk about the housing crisis, and the unaffordability of homes and rent – but we rarely talk about the land beneath our homes, and its role in the crisis.
Across the country, a lack of affordable land is stoking the affordability crisis, forcing up the price of homes and rents. Despite this, and under the radar, the government has been pursuing a massive sale of public land – encouraging cash-strapped public authorities to sell their hospitals, courtrooms and car parks to the highest bidder to plug holes in their budgets.
This is a huge missed opportunity. Instead of off-loading land to private developers, by keeping the land in public or community control and building high quality, affordable homes we could actually start to solve the housing crisis.
This map, developed after discussion with local groups up and down the country, is our first step to bringing the public land sell-off to a halt, and ensuring that our land is used for the benefit of the community. It pinpoints where public land is for sale and identifies sites that have already been sold.
What information have we mapped so far?
But this is just the start. What we’d like to include:
Watch this space for updated versions of the map. We hope you make good use of it in the meantime. Props to Rob Levy in particular for his mapping skills, as well as Hanna Wheatley, Clifford Singer and Joe Beswick for getting the map live.
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