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Details of potentially surplus land for housing in the NHS published

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Details of potentially surplus land for housing, currently owned by NHS organisations, which is no longer required nor likely to be needed for health service purposes in the future have been published. The information was provided by each of the 399 NHS trusts in England to the Department of Health through a central data collection.

The information was provided by each of the 399 NHS trusts in England to the Department of Health through a central data collection.

The main findings from the 2012 data collection from NHS trusts, which related to parcels over 0.25 hectares, include:

  • of the total 399 NHS trusts, 188 (47 per cent) declared at least one parcel of surplus or potentially surplus land and 211 (53 per cent) gave a nil response
  • a total of 414 separate parcels of land were identified by the 188 NHS trusts who declared surplus or potentially surplus land.

See the main findings and the details of the surplus land data collection.

The results provide an update to the information published in October 2011 by the NHS and the Department of Health on the Disposal strategy - Land For housing. The information will assist in quantifying the contribution of the NHS to the on going government initiative of accelerating the release of public sector land for development.  The data collection used to compile these statistics was undertaken during January and February 2012 and the statistics relate to information available as at 1 January 2012.

A report published by the Department of Communities and Local Government sets out the progress of Accelerating the release of surplus public sector land: Progress report one year on to support housing.