One Public Estate programme expands to help almost three quarters of councils to deliver 44,000 job and 25,000 homes

79 councils will be joining the One Public Estate (OPE) programme, bringing the total number of councils participating in OPE to 255 – almost three quarters of all councils in England.

£3.6 million has been allocated to councils across new and existing partnerships on the programme.

The latest funding round means that by 2019 to 20 the partnerships on OPE expect to:

  • create 44,000 jobs
  • release land for 25,000 homes
  • raise £415 million in capital receipts from land and property sales
  • cut running costs by £98 million

The funding will support public sector partnerships to work collaboratively on land and property initiatives, generating new jobs and homes, creating more joined up public services to local communities, and delivering savings for the taxpayer.

OPE remains firmly on track to achieve the ambition of 95% of councils on the programme by 2018, with 72% of councils across England now delivering through OPE.

A further application window for councils wishing to join One Public Estate will be open in April 2017. To find out more about the programme, contact

List of Partnerships awarded funding on the One Public Estate Programme

Partnership 2016/17 Funding

Bedford and Central Bedfordshire


Buckinghamshire Public Estates Partnership


Cambridgeshire MAC Partnership


City of York




Cheshire and Warrington LEP


Dorset Community Offer for Living and Learning


East Sussex and Surrey


Greater Lincolnshire


Wider Hampshire


One Herefordshire


Hertfordshire OPE Partnership


Ipswich & Central Suffolk Partnership


Council of the Isles of Scilly


Isle of Wight


Havering and Barking & Dagenham


Liverpool City Region


London Borough of Barnet and West London Alliance


Lambeth OPE




Leicester & Leicestershire One Public Estate Partnership


Luton Borough Council


Greater Manchester


North East Partnership


North Midlands


One Gloucestershire


Plymouth City Partnership


Sheffield City Region




South Gloucestershire Property Board


Swindon Town Centre


Tees Valley Combined Authority


West Midlands Combined Authority


Suffolk and West Suffolk


West Sussex


West Yorkshire Combined Authority



A major plank of the Government's investment strategy for the UK is its commitment to release the value of public sector assets, specifically land and property.

OPE values

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Local authorities in England hold £225 billion of assets, including over £60 billion in property not used for schools or housing (1). By using assets more effectively councils can create local economic growth, and deliver more integrated public services. Councils have already sold £10,641 billion land and property between 2010-2015 (2).

The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates local authority capital receipts to be £11.2 billion between 2015 – 2020 (3).  A key outcome is the release of public sector land for housing. These pages give more information on how best a local authority can engage with its central government neighbours and partners.

Source - Capital Expenditure and Receipts 2013-14 Summary, DCLG, March 2015.
Source - Local Government Financial Statistics England 2015, No. 25 page 66, and Capital Payments & Receipts Live Tables CPR 1-4, for 2014/15 Outturn
Source - OBR Economic & Fiscal Outlook Supplementary Fiscal Tables, Table 2.30 Sale of Fixed Assets. Figure is up to £19.5bn including HRA (RTB and other) sales.

One Public Estate

A pioneering initiative delivered in partnership by the Cabinet Office Government Property Unit and the Local Government Association (LGA). It provides practical and technical support and funding to councils to deliver ambitious property-focused programmes in collaboration with central government and other public sector partners.


One Public Estate in action: Successes so far

See how One Public Estate partnerships have been working to use their land and property as an enabler for local growth, service transformation and efficiency savings which can be re-invested.


Government Property Tools

The Government Property Unit was established in 2010 to have central oversight over all government land and property.


Central government land release strategies

The Government Estate Strategy sets out how central government plans to make the most efficient and cost-effective use of its estate. This section includes some of the national initiatives central government is progressing which many be relevant for One Public Estate partnerships or local authorities interested in cross-public sector working.


Key links and guidance

This section provides guidance and useful links on partnership working across public sector bodies and utilising land and property more effectively.


Press, publications and presentations

Read the latest from One Public Estate.



Housing and Planning Bill

Five of the Act's provisions relate to the One Public Estate programme and its objectives to create economic growth, develop more integrated and customer-focused public services, generate capital receipts and reduce running costs. 

9 February 2017