Housing Federations hope a greater amount Glebe lands will be released.
The National Housing Federation hopes that their research into the rural housing shortage will inspire the release of Glebe Lands by the Church of England.
The Church of England owns in the region of 129,000 acres and if just a small portion of the land held in rural villages up and down the country was released for development to housing associations, as much as 10% of the housing shortage could be alleviated according to the NHF’s research.
If the land was sold on the open market with a prospect of normal development, these lands would, however, be that much more valuable to the church and provide a greater level of funds to maintain and improve the historic buildings in their control. This land is often situated close to the centre of villages and these could often be considered to be prime locations for developers. Much of this land also comprises graveyards or land earmarked for graveyard expansion.
Every village and location has different considerations and the Local Church Diocese has individual requirements and land resources to manage. Should individual development locations need consideration, such as development proposals or valuations, we recomend consulting your local independent Chartered Surveyor with www.propertysurveying.co.uk