THE Government says over 10,000 new homes could be built by 2024/25 on public land across England through the latest round of its One Public Estate programme.
Originally launched in 2013, the programme aims to encourage public bodies, such as the emergency services, local councils, and government departments, to share sites and so free up land for development.
So far, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), such public sector ‘hubs’ have saved £24 million in running costs, created 5,745 jobs, and released land for the development of 3,336 new homes.
The latest round of the programme will see £15 million of funding and support given to more than 100 local public sector partnerships across England, to bring forward proposals for a range of new projects on public sector sites.
“This Government is committed to helping more people get on the housing ladder and restoring the dream of home ownership for a new generation,” said housing minister, Kit Malthouse MP.
“The One Public Estates programme will not only help more people find a home of their own, but also help create jobs and save taxpayers’ money.
“The latest projects to share £15million of funding will make a real difference to local communities and provide better services to residents.”
Oliver Dowden, the minister for implementation, added: “Getting the best use out of publicly-owned land can help to regenerate our towns and cities and give people improved access to the services they need.
“This programme shows that when government works smarter, with public authorities coming together, taxpayers get better value for money, new jobs are created, and space is freed-up for vitally needed new homes.”
The One Public Estate programme is a joint initiative between the Cabinet Office, MHCLG, and the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils across England and Wales.
The programme now covers 95% of all local authority areas in England. Funding for the latest round of the programme will help with the creation of feasibility studies and masterplans for the potential development sites, the Government said.
“I’m pleased to see One Public Estate continue to grow from strength to strength,” said Lord Porter, the LGA’s chair. “This latest round will see the programme now deliver more than 650 projects in total, all of which support councils to work with the wider public sector to deliver the best public services and place for their local communities.
“The delivery of new homes remains a national priority and with 95% of councils now part of the programme. It’s clear to see that local government remains committed to building the right homes for the places they serve.”