This new system replaces the Delivery Partner Panel 3 and changes the way Homes England procures and sells land.
By switching to a dynamic purchasing system, building owners and contractors can now apply for inclusion in the agency’s list of preferred developers at any time and do not have to wait until the list is renewed every four years.
It is the largest DPS of its kind and, valued at £ 20 billion, Homes England’s largest acquisition to date.
Former delivery panel partners, including national contractors such as Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Mace, have left, although they can now apply for inclusion at any time.
The new line-up includes 24 SMEs that have far more small businesses than the previous delivery panel.
The Delivery Partner DPS will also be available to Homes England’s public sector partners to assist them in obtaining a developer or contractor to build homes on their own land.
Stephen Kinsella, Homes England’s Chief Land and Development Officer, said, “This is a significant step forward in the way we work with developers to build homes.
“We’ve also simplified the application process so that whether you’re a large, nationwide home builder or a small local developer, you have easier access to the land you want to build on.
We encourage all home builders interested in working with us to monitor our recently updated Land Hub and apply to the DPS if they see an interesting website. “
The application process is proportionate and depends on the size of the sites a developer wants to bid on, making it more accessible to smaller developers.
In addition, building owners can express their interest in the locations and property types they want to develop during the application process.
Homes England has a number of websites for which expressions of interest through the DPS will be published in the coming months.
This includes 14 acres of land on Homes England’s Northern Arc project in Burgess Hill that will support approximately 350 homes, 30% of which will be affordable homes. The site is divided into two or three parcels and is therefore particularly suitable for SME developers.
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Another location soon to be marketed through the DPS is in Cradley Heath, Dudley. Homes England has cleared abandoned industrial buildings on the site in recent years and has a building permit for 89 apartments.