The One Public Estate (OPE) programme is a partnership between the Office of Government Property in Cabinet Office, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Our joint aim is to bring public sector bodies together, to create better places by using public assets more efficiently, creating service and financial benefits for partners and releasing land for housing and development.
Our partnership also delivers the Land Release Fund (LRF), a programme which enables councils to bring forward surplus council-owned land for housing development.
OPE already supports several wider public sector priorities including housing, health and social care integration, joined-up public services, town centre revival, regeneration and local growth deals. Our programme’s national coverage and flexibility means it can support newer priorities such as net zero carbon, levelling-up and Government’s ambition to ‘build, build, build’.
As the public sector responds to the impact of COVID-19, partners are considering their role in economic recovery. The pandemic has also led partners to consider future models of service delivery, to make use of digital technology and flexible working across sectors. Working in partnership will lead to greater opportunities for collaboration through shared spaces, joined up services and released surplus assets – which in turn will promote lower carbon solutions and new economic activity.
In light of these opportunities, £30 million of new funding is available to support local delivery. This comprises:
• £10 million OPE revenue grant for public sector land and property projects, including £2 million of sustainable grant funding
• £20 million Land Release Fund capital grant for council projects.
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