“Please release me” – delivering public land for housebuilding

This event, hosted by UK think tank Localis will examine the role of the One Public Estate programme in unlocking surplus land nationwide for housebuilding.

Established in 2013, One Public Estate (OPE) is a national programme delivered in partnership by the Office of Government Property (OGP) within the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association (LGA). It provides practical and technical support and funding to councils to deliver ambitious property-focused programmes in collaboration with central government and other public sector partners.

OPE has three core aims:

Create efficiencies: generating capital receipts and reducing running costs.

Create local economic growth: creating new jobs and homes.

Deliver more integrated, customer-focused services: providing citizens with better access to government

Led by local authorities, OPE partnerships across the country have shown the value of collaboration across the public sector and strategic approaches to asset management. At heart the programme is concerned with getting more from our collective assets including: unlocking land for new homes and commercial space.

In this specific context, how can the Land Release Fund best support local authorities to release land at pace for housebuilding purposes?

What should local government do as place-leaders to shape housing opportunities in their area?

And how should central government departments consider their estate needs to best support local renewal, with an eye to place and market dynamics?


Michael O’Doherty, Programme Manager, Local Partnerships

Ellen Vernon, Programme Director, One Public Estate at Local Government Association

Kirsty Rouillard, Programme Director, One Public Estate, Office of Government Property, Cabinet Office

Richard Sterling, National Development Manager, Willmott Dixon

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