Over 400 acres of North West land, largely comprising property that was at one time owned by a defunct Northwest Regional Development Agency, will be made available to buy thanks to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The sites to enter the market are likely to be bought for development in order to support growth, jobs and housing in the locally-based communities.

The disposal and land development plan has undergone its fourth draft and offers a new sites schedule expected to be brought forward for the purpose of development by the agency up until early 2015. The HCA is intending for the land to be sold to developers working in the mixed use, housing and commercial sectors.

Plots of land on offer include the Wirral’s Croft Business Park, which is good news for builders and joiners in the Wirral area.

HCA deputy chief exec, Richard Hill, said that from April 1 this year, HCA has been responsible for over 9,000 hectares of land in England. He explained:

“We have a significant role to play in ensuring public sector land is brought forward for housing or commercial development in a timely and appropriate way.

“Land is key to promoting economic growth and this plan sets out how we will bring forward opportunities for new homes, employment and community facilities at sites across the country.”

He went on to say that sites have already been released to support private and custom-built renting and that the group will be working alongside local partners in identifying additional opportunities for this year and the next.