One Public Estate Programme

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 23rd April 2019.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking through the One Public Estate initiative to (a) identify and (b) release surplus public sector land in support of local regeneration projects.

Photo of Oliver Dowden Oliver Dowden The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

One Public Estate is a national programme that supports central and local government and

wider public sector partners to collaborate on property-led projects. It aims to generate

efficiencies, create economic growth (including homes and jobs) and deliver better, more

integrated customer services. This includes supporting the identification and development

of surplus and under-utilised public sector land and property.

On joining the programme, One Public Estate asks partners to assess and share data on their property holdings, and facilitates workshops to review opportunities for freeing up land and property for regeneration, redevelopment or disposal. It acts as a neutral broker,

working in between partners to create a common goal in support of strategic housing

outputs, an increase in local employment, savings for the taxpayer, and service

improvements for citizens.

The programme offers practical support to unblock barriers, share good practice, analyse

data and develop economic benefit cases that deliver value. It also provides capacity

funding for project management and specialist support, including partnership formation

and governance, masterplanning, feasibility studies, option appraisal, and surveying

One Public Estate currently works with 78 partnerships across England delivering over 600

projects. Of these, 150 projects are focused on regeneration, with others aiming to release

surplus land for housing or mixed use development, and deliver integrated services for

local communities.

By March 2020, partnerships on the programme expect to deliver:

o £615 million in capital receipts

o £158 million savings in running costs

o 44,000 new jobs

o Release land for 25,000 new homes

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