Contractual Controls on land: consultation

Closed 20 Mar 2024

Opened 24 Jan 2024


Topic of consultation 

Part 11 of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act looks to provide greater transparency on contractual control agreements in England and Wales. When we refer to contractual controls, we are referring to agreements, such as option agreements, that are used to control land short of outright ownership.   

The regulations, which the Government plans to deliver under the Act, seek to create a dataset comprising the “what”, “where”, “who” and “when” of contractual control agreements that will promote transparency by providing a reliable and accessible source of information for communities, developers, and other stakeholders. 

Scope of this consultation 

This consultation seeks views on the Government’s plans to provide a more transparent picture of controls on land through the creation of a freely accessible dataset. Following the 2020 Call for Evidence, this consultation clarifies our rationale for this measure and seeks the views of individuals, organisations and businesses views on the time, cost, and market impact implications of collecting and publishing information about contractual control agreements.