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.  The Government have since reported on the progress of the strategy.

The NHS is in the process of transforming its services. A critical part of this is the drive for a more efficient estate to improve local health and care systems as set out in Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP’s). The recent Naylor Review sets out a vision for a new NHS strategy to enable the department to achieve the best outcomes for its property and 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. Throughout 2016 the MoD announced a total of 91 sites to be released across the estate by 2040 and published the MoD footprint strategy.


Department for Work and Pensions

In 1998, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) transferred ownership and management of its estate to Telereal Trillium under a 20 year contract known as PRIME. With the end of this arrangement due in 2018, and in the context of benefits reform, DWP has been looking at opportunities to improve delivery of its services.


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.


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.