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Public challenges to public property: the Right to Contest Scheme

In a bid to improve government efficiency and transparency, plans were announced this month to give the public a right to challenge the use and retention of central-government-owned sites.

The Right to Contest Scheme aims to speed up the sale of some of the £330bn worth of government-owned public land and property and, in doing so, reduce the country’s financial deficit.

Statistics published on the website confirm that it is estimated that the public sector holds up to 40 per cent of developable land and approximately 27 per cent of brownfield land that would be suitable for housing…

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