Central government land release strategies
One Public Estate supports councils, central government and wider public sector asset holders to develop and deliver a range of projects which improve local services and economies.
In developing project proposals, partners will look at both the local and national context. Below are some of the national initiatives central government is progressing which are relevant for OPE partnerships.
The Government Estate Strategy sets out how the government plans to make the most efficient and cost-effective use of its property.
The NHS is in the process of transforming its services. A critical part of this is the drive for a more efficient estate.
Ministry of Defence
The MOD is one of the largest land owners in the UK and remains committed to making the defence estate more efficient and better suited to modern needs.
Department for Work and Pensions
DWP transferred ownership and management of its estate to Telereal Trillium under a 20 year Private Finance Initiative contract. With this contract coming to an end in 2018, DWP is looking at opportunities to reform and reduce their estate by 20%.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
In November 2015 HMRC announced the steps to its modernisation programme to create tax authority fit for the future, creating 13 new regional centres over the next five years.
Ministry of Justice
The Autumn Statement announced major investment to fully digitise the courts and prisons systems creating a more modern estate enabling the MoJ to release land.
The MoJ have unveiled a major new prison reform programme including plans to build 9 new prisons allowing 3000 new homes to be built and saving £80 million a year on running costs.
The DfT is committed to releasing public sector land creating space to build more homes. Network Rail (part of DfT) have created a new property company to help Network Rail release surplus land for new homes and raise capital to fund rail investment. More information can be found on Network Rail's website.
15 September 2016