NHS transfers surplus sites to English Partnerships for regeneration
The NHS has transferred its portfolio of surplus, or soon to become surplus, sites to English Partnerships to boost the agency's national regeneration programme and provide a significant contribution to the first-time buyers' initiative.Receipts from the transfer will then be transferred from the ODPM to the NHS in order to fund frontline care.
John Lewis, Director of Strategic Joint Ventures for English Partnerships said the transfer was a major milestone in joined up thinking.
"This deal is an excellent example of two departments building strong working relationships to achieve a mutually beneficial result. We have now successfully established this form of working protocol across a number of agencies, including Defence Estates, and created a mechanism that will be crucial in generating a long-term supply line of development sites that will contribute to the Government's regeneration agenda."
A substantial number of the sites, totalling around 1,600 hectares, will be used to respond to housing needs, especially those presented by the first time buyers market and to promote the regeneration of priority areas in line with the Sustainable Communities Plan.
English Partnerships has been put in charge of running the First Time buyers' initiative. It is estimated that the NHS sites could accommodate up to 15,000 new homes nationally, with at least 5,000 falling into the 'affordable' category.
In addition to the NHS portfolio, English Partnerships also maintains the Register of Surplus Public Sector Land which now holds details of more than 3,600 ha of property across more than 700 sites. This surplus land will be used to support wider government objectives.