One Public Estate: unlocking the value in public sector assets
One Public Estate (OPE) is an innovative programme delivered in partnership by the Cabinet Office, MHCLG and the Local Government Association (LGA). OPE channels capital and revenue pump-priming funding and expert support through regional networks and competitive bidding rounds.
A recent award of £165,000 from the One Public Estate programme will enable us to review and identify key sites that could support the development of planned housing and employment land, and will enable the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water to work on an integrated drainage strategy to identify work that may need to be carried out before development takes place.
Marches LEP ‘opportunity town’
We're working closely with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to support the development of planned housing and employment land that will support the growth of Oswestry. The Marches LEP recognises Oswestry as an ‘opportunity town’, and has supported a number of feasibility studies to support proposed development within Oswestry.
Future High Street fund
We've also been working with Oswestry Town Council and the Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID) to prepare a funding bid for the government’s Future High Street Fund. A number of local organisations contributed to this work, including the Oswestry Townscape and Transport Group who had led on the development of the Public Realm Strategy that emerged from the Oswestry 2020 Town Plan.
More details of the collaborative work with Oswestry Town Council and the BID to be led by the Future Oswestry Group will be added shortly.
Future Oswestry Group
A new group has been set up to review the priorities in Oswestry’s 2020 Neighbourhood Plan and to help deliver activities and projects that will benefit the town, its residents and its businesses.
Made up of representatives from Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council and Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID) the Future Oswestry Group held its inception meeting on 2 May 2019 at the town’s Guildhall.
The group will help to deliver each organisation’s activities and projects through working more closely together.
Key members of the group include:
- Councillors Steve Charmley and Robert Macey representing Shropshire Council
- Councillors Chris Schofield and Sandy Best representing Oswestry Town Council
- Adele Nightingale and Ian Follington representing the Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID)
Support is provided by officers from Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Council.
Regular meetings will be held for the group, which will now look to agree its aims and objectives, and develop a programme of activities.
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