One Public Estate





Things are changing out there. Be part of the change.

The One Public Estate programme is a pioneering initiative delivered in partnership by the LGA and the Cabinet Office Government Property Unit (GPU).

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



Our objectives and what we can achieve

Partnerships have forecast benefits of at least:

Delivering more integrated and customer focused services

Encouraging publicly funded services to co-locate, to demonstrate service efficiencies and to work towards a more customer-focused delivery.

Creating economic growth

36,000 new jobs and 16,500 new homes by 2020
Enabling released land and property to be used to stimulate economic growth, regeneration, new housing and jobs.

Reducing running costs

£56 million by 2020
Reduce running costs of central and local government assets.

Generating capital receipts

£138 million in capital receipts by 2020
Generate capital receipts through the release of land and property.


How we work

Our offer

  • Funding to support your programme and drive delivery of ambitious projects
  • Technical support from analysts and data experts, including recording and mapping assets
  • access to a network of local and central government OPE practitioners
  • Dedicated regional support from LGA and GPU

Crucial to facilitating delivery, we have been working with government to enable changes to legislation and policy including:

  • a Strengthened Ministerial Star Chamber to overcome barriers between Departments, and with councils
  • greater flexibility for councils to use capital receipts for revenue purposes when delivering genuinely transformative services
  • an improved Right to Contest

We are also pursing work to introduce ‘priority purchaser' status for councils when government departments propose to dispose of land and property.

Your commitment

  • Local authorities to act as leader of your place for public land and property
  • Strong leadership and investment of time, with senior-level buy-in from all public partners on your programme
  • Have in place an effective partnership, which will include an effective Property Board to oversee delivery of your OPE programme plans.
  • Commit to developing an OPE work programme which focuses on delivery of outputs
  • Record all land and property assets owned by partners on the ePIMS Lite system.
  • Provide information on the estimated value of all local authority owned land and buildings within your partnership area.
  • Make details of all land and property owned by the partnership publically accessible
  • Provide details of current surplus land and land which is expected to become surplus or redeveloped as part of this programme.


24 February 2017