A new report published by Daniel Watney (download here) shows that more than 40% of brownfield land – dormant sites previously built on – is owned by the public sector in London.

In total more than 300,000 homes could be built on brownfield in the capital, while there is space for around one million homes across England.

This new data prove that the public sector owns swathes of land which could be used for housing, 40% across London, and 25% nationally – and holds the key to bringing forward land for much needed house building.

The report calls for more land to be brought to market with environmental impact assessments carried out, or for development to be done in partnership between the public and private sector, to speed development.