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.

Government Estate Strategy

The Government Estate Strategy sets out how the government plans to make the most efficient and cost-effective use of its property.

Governments Estate Strategy (2014)


Department of Health

The NHS is in the process of transforming its services.  A critical part of this is the drive for a more efficient estate. 

Strategic Estate Planning (2015)


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. 


Sites nominated for early release (Jan 2016)

Additional 10 sites for release (Mar 2016)

MoD sell off land for thousands of new homes to be built (Sep 2016)


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%. 

Co-Location and end of PRIME contract (2015)


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. 

Regional Centres (2015)


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.

Courts and Prisons reform (2015)

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.

Prison building revolution (2015)

Department of Transport

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.



Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

These documents set out the guidance for local authorities disposing of land assets, and outlines the supporting measures offered by government.

Local Authority Assets Disposal Guidance (2016)

Local Government Financial Statistics (2015)


15 September 2016