On Sunday, DCLG announced a new initiative to redevelop land surrounding railway stations to provide up to 10,000 new homes, as well as new jobs, in sustainable locations.
The announcement is a result of a partnership agreement between the HCA and Network Rail, who propose to work with local authorities to unlock the development potential of network rail's estate.
Swindon, Taunton and York have already volunteered to spearhead the initiative and the Government are hoping that at least another 17 local authorities will take part.
This is the latest in a long line of announcements releasing public land for housing developments. Although living in a former station might not have the same ring to it as living in a former barracks or airfield, it does come with the added bonus of extremely good transport links ....
A massive programme of development of railway stations and surrounding land will deliver thousands of new homes and jobs and significantly boost local growth, the Communities Secretary announced today (10 April 2016). ... The ambitious initiative could deliver up to 10,000 new properties on sites around stations in the coming years. Government wants to hear from at least 20 local authorities to take the scheme forward. York, Taunton and Swindon councils have come forward with proposals to spearhead the new initiative and have identified railway sites that could be pooled to deliver housing and other locally-led regeneration. Drawing on the example set by the transformation of Birmingham New Street, Manchester Victoria and London Kings Cross, government will bring together high-calibre technical expertise and local knowledge to increase development opportunities that exist throughout the entire rail estate.