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OPE: Develop relocatable homes for adult social care clients (Dorset)

Growing demand for specialist homes for adult social care clients, coupled with a lack of available property led Dorset Council to use surplus public land for ‘meanwhile use’ to meet this urgent need. The OPE programme supported this pioneering scheme which has seen temporary, relocatable and adaptable homes developed for adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues or physical impairments.

OPE: Deliver affordable housing on complex sites (Brighton)

Brighton is physically constrained with a short supply of vacant land for housing, coupled with high housing demand. With Land Release Funding and OPE support the local authority has unlocked a series of complex, unviable council-owned sites - and delivered 84 award-winning, affordable homes. Civic pride has increased and anti-social behaviour reduced from the regenerative effect.

OPE: Redevelop under-utilised public sector buildings (Waltham Forest)

Waltham Forest had an ambitious vision to develop a public services campus from their historic, but tired, town hall, and to provide much needed housing on vacated, surplus sites. OPE support, and Land Release Fund funding enabled the local authority, HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the National Probation Service to bring their complex programme to fruition, redeveloping public estate for over 500 homes, alongside new hospitality, leisure, and learning spaces.

Community hubs | Leeds City Council

This is the second case study in One Public Estate's 'Unlocking the value in public sector assets', published in 2017.

Health and social care | Lancashire Leyland Health and Community Campus

Region: North West, West Midlands Theme: Health and Social Care (in OPE), Regeneration The challenge The Lancashire OPE Partnership is faced with the challenge of providing better services against a background of public and health sector reform, whilst improving the satisfaction of their growing communities.

Housing | Stockport Investing in Communities

Region: North West, West Midlands Theme: Integrated Public Services

Town centre regeneration | Bedford and Bedfordshire, Transforming Bedford

Region: Central Theme: Regeneration, Integrated Public Services, Housing (in OPE)

Development | Oswestry Growth Corridor

Region: North West, West Midlands Theme: Housing (in OPE) The challenge Oswestry is the second biggest market town within Shropshire but suffers from a lack of development from the private sectors due to a number of constraints posed by physical factors such as flood risk and access. 

Development | Using public land to support housing delivery across Hereford

Region: North West, West Midlands Theme: Housing (in OPE), Blue Lights

Regeneration of a Community | Burnholme Health and Wellbeing Hub

Region: North East, Yorkshire and Humber, East Midlands  Theme: Health and social care (in OPE), Integrated public services, Regeneration