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Money announced for housing on public sector sites

Words: Laura Edgar
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The latest round of the government’s One Public Estate programme has been announced, with more than 100 local public sector partnerships set to receive a share of £15 million.

The cash will support plans that will bring forward 10,000 new homes and 14,000 new jobs.

One Public Estate was launched in 2013 to make better use of public sector sites to deliver new homes and jobs. It aims to encourage local councils, emergency services and government departments to work closely by sharing sites and creating public sector “hubs” where services are delivered in one place. The government said the programme has so far created 5,745 jobs, released land for the development of 3,336 homes and saved taxpayers £24 million in running costs.

Funding for the latest round of the programme will help with the creation of feasibility studies and masterplans for the potential development sites. Money allocated to partnerships include:

  • £680,000 for projects in Waltham Forest, including plans to bring forward the redevelopment of the 100-year-old Whipps Cross Hospital.
  • £505,000 for projects in Devon and Torbay, including the regeneration of land around St David’s station in Exeter.
  • £405,000 for projects in Northamptonshire, including plans to release land around Kettering railway station for new houses, as well as improvements to the station.
  • £410,000 for projects in Worcestershire, including delivering new housing and regeneration around Redditch station, which is part of the Rail Quarter development.

Oliver Dowden, minister for implementation, said: “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.”

Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), said: “I’m pleased to see One Public Estate continue to grow from strength to strength. 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 per cent 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.”

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