Joining the Dots Across Public Service Provision and Place-Making Across Localities

The need for the Locality Asset Review (LAR) is derived from national strategies including the Five Year Forward View, Carter Review, Naylor Review and the Long-Term Plan. These strategies have identified the changing needs of the public, how services should be delivered, and the means to enhance efficiency savings across localities.
The LAR is an initiative lead by the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) underpinned by NHSI designed to support the devolution agenda. It appraises public sector assets in context to local community need/demographic projections, and in association with public sector service providers as they strive for improved health and community outcomes. Fundamentally, the LARs will enable us to ‘join the dots’ across public service provision and place-making across Localities. AA Projects are delivering LARs for Manchester, Rochdale, Wigan, Bolton, and Salford in addition to providing programme management support to oversee and ensure consistent delivery of all GM LARs.
Outcomes of Stage 1 of the LAR include a position on local strategic priorities, community needs aligned to demographic projections, demand, asset mapping and an estates baseline. Stage 2 builds on this to develop opportunities for estates and service delivery within the locality. The final output comprises a whole‐system appraisal of the existing position of publicly owned estate within the Locality, together with some preferred options aimed at identifying the most beneficial means of maximising the efficiency of the estate, whilst best meeting local health, care, and community needs and delivering economic benefits throughout.
In one Locality, there is an estimated ‘do nothing’ cost of £300m-£400m by 2035. The emerging outputs from this Locality are summarised:
• 120 opportunities
• 41 shortlisted opportunities
• c.£2.7m operational savings (annual revenue)
• 42 sites recommended for disposal
• 14 hectares available for housing
• 300 housing units
• 440 jobs