The role of strategic property services is to manage the council's property estate and make sure it is optimised to support the delivery of council services and corporate objectives.
We don't manage or operate the council's housing stock, as this is the responsibility of council housing.
Strategic property services looks after both operational and commercial investment properties. We collect, manage and analyse information about the specification, occupation, cost, and condition of property. With this information, we can then make informed decisions about properties which can either support service delivery or optimise investment returns.
The way strategic property services works is defined in the council's Strategic Asset Management Plan for 2020-23 (SAMP) (PDF), which sets out how the council is to manage its land and buildings.
Strategic property services is made up of four specialist teams:
Property information is the foundation for all property related functions. The Property Information team is responsible for recording property related data, ensuring it is live, accurate, comprehensive and accessible.
The Operational Property team is responsible for delivering the corporate landlord operating model set out in the SAMP. Its function relates to properties the council occupies itself for its own operational purposes. The team ensures the council's compliance with health and safety laws relevant to its properties. It also makes sure properties are used efficiently, are fit for purpose, receive appropriate investment, and opportunities for income are pursued.
The Asset Management team manages and maintains the council's commercial investment portfolio that it leases to tenants. This creates a valuable income stream to help pay for wider council services.
The Development, Acquisitions and Disposals team is responsible for reviewing and developing council assets. It also supports the council's corporate objectives to deliver significant regeneration benefits, new homes, new jobs and modern fit-for-purpose business space. The team are also responsible for disposing and replacing underperforming or surplus buildings and land.
We look after and maintain a wide range of properties, including:
Some interesting statistics include:
For enquiries about ownership of the council's land and buildings, email email@example.com. We are unable to answer queries on land where we don't have any ownership or legal interest.
See more information about land and buildings owned by the council.
For enquiries about land not owned by the council, the Land Registry may be able to help. The Land Registry is the government agency which registers all sales of land in the UK. They can help customers with a wide range of matters, including land ownership, boundary information and title deeds.
To contact the Land Registry, visit GOV.UK or phone 0300 006 0411.
For more information about properties available for sale, see our council property for sale page.
This page includes contact details of the agents that are managing sales.
For more information about properties available to let, see our council property to let page.
This page includes contact details of the agents that are managing lettings.
Strategic property services process applications for properties looking to acquire asset of community value status.
For more information on this process, see our assets of community value page.