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Figures published on surplus land in the NHS estate

NHS Surplus Land 2018/19 includes information on land and buildings which have been sold by the NHS, and land which has been retained but developed for housing.
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NHS Surplus Land 2018/19 includes information on land and buildings which have been sold by the NHS, and land which has been retained but developed for housing.

The report, published today by NHS Digital, is based on data from all NHS trusts in England, including ambulance trusts, and reflects the position as at 31 March 20192.

This year, it has been published as an interactive data report for the first time.

The Surplus Land collection provides information on sites that can be disposed of and contribute to the Government’s Public Land for Housing Programme. It can be used to monitor progress against the Government's targets relating to the release of publicly owned land for housing.

This data collection relates to surplus and potentially surplus land owned by the NHS which is likely to be disposed of up to 2025 or beyond.

The report includes the total area of surplus land within the NHS, declared market value, and value of land sold between 1 April 2018, and 31 March 2019.

It provides information of the proposed future use of surplus land which has been disposed of, for housing, mixed use, leisure space or community use.

This year, the Surplus Land collection also includes information on the creation and uptake of new homes and the provision of these to NHS Staff, in compliance with the 2017 Homes for Staff policy3.

This is the fourth year that NHS Digital has produced these statistics4.

Read the full report:

NHS Surplus Land 2018/19

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Notes to editors

  1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system.  Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals and citizens depend. During the 2018/19 financial year, NHS Digital published 287 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. The Health and Social Care Information Centre is a non-departmental body created by statute, also known as NHS Digital. We provide ‘Information and Technology for better health and care’. Find out more about our role and remit at
  2. Where there are issues of sensitivity around the availability of, or proposals to dispose of, the surplus land, data providers have the option to declare this on submission. In such cases, details of the surplus land are included in the aggregate national figures in the summary information, but not in any plot level data (either in the interactive report or in the downloadable .csv file).
  3. Introduced in October 2017, the Homes for Staff policy sets out the expectation that NHS staff should be given right of first refusal to buy or rent affordable homes built on NHS land.
  4. The following interactive visuals have been published:
  • Summary information for NHS land identified as surplus (a) Annual running costs (£), (b) Cost of disposal (£), (c) Market value (£), (d) Net Book value of land and buildings (£), (e) Plot land area (hectares), (f) Sold land sale income 2018/19 (£) and (g) Total sale value (£);
  • Summary information on current surplus status and future proposed uses of land identified as surplus; and,
  • Detailed information on location, current use, future proposed use, land area and market value for plots identified as surplus
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Last edited: 13 June 2019 7:27 am