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One Public Estate (OPE) is a partnership between the Office of Government Property in the Cabinet Office (OGP), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Our joint aim is to bring public sector bodies together, to create better places by using public assets more efficiently, creating service and financial benefits for partners and releasing land for housing and development.
As a well-established national programme, OPE works with 72 existing local public sector partnerships, covering combined authority, sub-regional and local authority areas.
Since 2017, we have supported the delivery of MHCLG’s Land Release Fund (LRF), a programme which enables local authorities to bring forward surplus land for housing development.
At Spending Review 2020 the Chancellor announced the National Home Building Fund (NHBF). The primary objective of the NHBF will be to support the Government's ambition to deliver 300,000 homes per annum by unlocking housing supply in areas of greatest need. Further details on other elements of the NHBF will be published in due course.
Part of the National Home Building Fund is the Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF), which will support local authorities to bring forward brownfield sites for housing development and self and custom-build serviced plots. The BLRF is open to local authorities across England, other than those Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) areas that have had the opportunity to receive funding under the £400 million Brownfield Fund.
In light of this announcement, up to £75 million Brownfield Land Release Fund capital grant is available to eligible English local authorities, to support:
- Brownfield land release
- Self and custom-build
OPE partnerships are invited to coordinate applications to the fund, agreeing priorities across their local authority areas.
If you have a project which could help unlock housing supply which is not suitable for the Brownfield Land Release Fund we encourage you to engage with Homes England.