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Land sites and land release for housing

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Residents have moved into new affordable housing in Barry, the first to be completed under the £42 million Welsh Government Land for Housing loan scheme.
Guide setting out advice for a best practice solution for the transfer or disposal of land between public bodies in Wales.

The availability of suitable land sites is a critical part of our commitment to increasing the supply of new homes.

We have already brought forward a number of significant Welsh Government owned sites for housing delivery. We are keen to identify more public sector land suitable for both market and affordable housing. This includes innovative approaches to bring land forward for housing development.

We are also exploring ways in which land can be brought forward to support housing provision close to transport networks such as the Metro project. Working across government provides the opportunity for the benefits of our strategic projects to be maximised, whilst also addressing specific housing needs.

Practical ways to increase housing and affordable housing delivery through land, including the use of brownfield sites and tackling barriers to bringing strategic sites forward, is also being considered.

Land for Housing scheme

The core aim of the scheme is to increase the delivery of housing by securing land supply. This investment will also provide a continuing stimulus to the economy by supporting the construction industry and supply chain, with many schemes providing jobs and apprenticeships for the local area.

Following the pilot of the Affordable Housing Land Scheme in 2014-15, and introduction of the renamed Land for Housing Scheme from 2015-16, we have invested £32m in the scheme to date.

This investment is due to help with the delivery of over 2,140 homes, of which 90% will be affordable. A further £10m is being allocated to successful schemes for 2017-18. 

The scheme will continue to provide loan funding to Registered Social Landlords in respect of land for housing development for both affordable and market housing.