The government has announced today (14 February 2019) that new funds have been awarded to 57 public sector partnerships taking part in the One Public Estate programme.
The new funds will provide support to use publicly-owned land and buildings more efficiently.
SHAPE Surrey received the highest award in the South East and East region and the second highest award nationally.
Councillor Moira Gibson, Leader, Surrey Heath Borough Council and Chair of the SHAPE Board said: “We are very pleased that we have achieved this very positive outcome for the whole of Surrey today. These projects will unlock key opportunities which will provide new homes and deliver new investment. It is a significant step forward for our vision for SHAPE”
SHAPE has received support for four of their bids including Weybridge, Camberley town centre, Horseshoe-Banstead and North Tandridge.
Councillor Tim Oliver, Leader, Surrey County Council said; “This funding is great news for the Surrey Partnership and will enable the delivery of one of Surrey County Council’s key priorities to provide homes and optimise property. We look forward to developing our proposals and plans for the county. More information about these key projects will be shared as the proposals and plans are developed.”
Karen Whelan, Chief Executive, Surrey Heath Borough Council and SHAPE Programme Sponsor said; “This recognition from One Public Estate demonstratives the strength of the development opportunities in Surrey for both the private and public sector. We look forward to working with our partners on key strategic projects for the county. This funding will unlock key development sites across Surrey which ultimately will provide new homes and savings for residents. We look forward to sharing more information about the projects as they develop.”
About the One Public Estate programme
The One Public Estate programme is a joint initiative between the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Local Government Association. It now covers 95% of all local authority areas in England.
The One Public Estate programme was launched in 2013 to make better use of public-sector sites, free up space for new homes and create jobs. It encourages the emergency services, local councils and government departments to work more closely together by sharing sites and creating public-sector ‘hubs’ – where services are delivered in one place. So far, the programme has saved taxpayers £24million in running costs, created 5,745 new jobs and released land for the development of 3,336 new homes.
Development plans which could see more than 10,000 new homes built across England and 14,000 new jobs created by 2024/25 are to be brought forward through a £15million government project.
The latest round of the programme will see money 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.
About the SHAPE Partnership
SHAPE comprises the Surrey Boroughs and Districts, Surrey County Council and the wider Public Sector Partners. The SHAPE Programme is designed to explore and deliver opportunities to use land & buildings collaboratively. The programme has a strong governance with a mix of County Councillors, Leaders and CEOs.
SHAPE will benefit the larger community and Council’s alike. The benefits include:
• Improvement of public services provision to residents, visitors, employees and businesses in the local area.
• Delivery of efficiency savings
• Renewal and rationalisation of the public estate to reduce the amount spent on land & buildings
• Free up much needed land for the development of housing, commercial and employment space
• Identification of opportunities to use our combined assets to generate an enhanced financial return.
• Support of local economic growth
• Generation of capital income and receipts