This site is in beta mode while we add the remaining policies. To feedback or help, please get in touch!
In Progress
Build 160,000 houses on government land

It means government building 160,000 houses on its own land.

Our Verdict

This policy commits the government to overseeing the building of 160,000 houses on publicly owned land. To achieve this the government have sought to sell off land to developers which is either unused or expendable to a) make room for the houses and b) help finance the project.

To achieve this the government have sought to sell off land to developers which is either unused or expendable to make room for the houses and help finance the project.  This land sale is a continuation of a commitment first made in the 2015 Spending Review.

In February 2017, it was announced that 91% of the land required for this building pledge had been allocated. In August 2017, £54 million had been designated to incentivise local government to sell land to developers.

Moreover, a fund of £48 million known as the Land Release Fund was made available in February 2018 which is to be received by local councils to aid them in making the designated land sites suitable for developers to build on. Thus far, 79 projects across the country have been targeted as beneficiaries of this fund.

The government have clearly made progress on their pledge. The financial incentives and site allocations evidence this. There are, however, concerns about whether they are on schedule with the construction. Consequently, we assess this policy as ‘in progress’. It will be ‘done’ when all the required land has been earmarked and developers have been selected to carry out all the building projects.

Want more details?

There's always room for debate

We’re serious about providing clear, up-to-date, non-partisan information. We focus on being consistent and fair in how we track policies, and always explain our reasoning. But there is always room for debate. So if you see it differently, we’d love you to tell us why or submit an edit.

Get involved!

Whether you are for or against this policy or just want to know more, it's never been easier to get involved and have your say. Try these for starters…

Join the discussion On this page, or Twitter, or Facebook. Democracy is better shared!
Follow this policy We'll send you email alerts every time something interesting happens.
Ask your MP Ask your MP to help you support or block this policy - write to them here.
Get the facts Sense about Science and Full Fact are great for evidence and fact checking.
Get ahead! The Simple Politics newsletter breaks it all down for you - before it happens!