Surplus NHS land; a best value alternative

England’s housing crisis grows more severe with every decade, with a predicted shortfall of 2.5 million homes by 2031. Surplus public land has huge potential in tackling the problem, as research suggests land owned by the Central Government Estate, the Greater London Authority and the NHS could deliver up to two million new homes.

23 January 2015

Spending on the NHS in England has almost doubled since 1999/2000 and projections warn that the annual funding gap is likely to reach £30 billion by 2021.

Amid projections that the shortfall in funding for the NHS in England is likely to reach £30 billion by 2021, selling land on the open market can be appealing to NHS trusts. But to achieve best value and a long term solution, a more creative approach to land disposal is needed.

Our briefing: ‘Surplus NHS land; a best value alternative’ explains various approaches to joint ventures with housing associations that can assist with the transformation of services, improve on quality, reduce hospital admissions and create an ongoing revenue stream resulting in cost savings.

This briefing is part of a suite of health and housing publications and briefings, produced by the Federation’s Health Partnership.