Case Studies: public assets

Find out how cities can improve their use of public assets using our case studies library.

20 September 2017

Why improve the use of public assets?

Publicly owned land and property assets are an increasingly important tool for local authorities to support economic growth and generate revenue funding. Shrinking budgets have created financial pressures for local authorities to reduce expenditure as well as finding new ways of funding public services and day to day spending. Maximising the contribution of assets as sources of long-term revenue funding by leading, shaping and unlocking development has become essential.

Key Reports

Case studies

Case study Policy aim Location Country Lead organisation(s)
1. Investing in assets to support a weak private sector market Deliver physical development and regeneration Swansea UK Swansea City Council
2. Using Local Asset Backed Vehicles to lever in investment Deliver physical development and regeneration Various cities UK Local authorities
3. Packaging sites to deliver viable development Deliver physical development and regeneration Sunderland UK Sunderland City Council
4. Supporting the creation of a high-density central business district Delivering physical development and regenerationStoke-on-TrentUKStoke-on-Trent City Council
5. Partnering with the private sector to boost development Influence development using public assets Bournemouth UK Bournemouth Development Company
6. Using public assets to capitalise on growth opportunities Influence development using public assets Birmingham UK Birmingham City Council
7. Using public assets to deliver more affordable housing Influence development using public assets London UK London Borough of Camden
8. Using public sector assets to develop employment space Influence development using public assets Bath UK Bath City Council
9. Developing cross-boundary and agency public asset strategies Unlock development for particularly difficult individual sites and projects Cambridgeshire UK Cambridgeshire County Council
10. Developing a shared asset strategy through formal collaboration Unlock development for particularly difficult individual sites and projects Bristol UK Bristol Property Board
11. Managing public assets across a city and city-region (I ) Unlock development for particularly difficult individual sites and projects Greater Manchester UK Greater Manchester’s Land Commission
12. Managing public assets across a city and city-region (II ) Unlock development for particularly difficult individual sites and projects London UK London Land Commission
13. Managing land productively Build new suburbs Milton Keynes UK Milton Keynes Development Company
14. Funding new infrastructure using public assets Build new suburbs Ørestad, Copenhagen Denmark Ørestad Development Corporation
17. Capitalising on a broadband cable ducting network Provide services and knowledge Bristol UK Bristol is Open
18. Mapping public assets and data Delivering efficient services using dataGreater ManchesterUKGreater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership
20. Increasing commercial space and promoting research and innovation Creating an attractive and functional city centreNewcastle UKNewcastle Science Central Partnership
21. Creating offices in the city centre using public assets Promote city growth driven by science and technology Newcastle UK Newcastle Science Central Partnership