Public Sector: English Partnerships trawls firms for first PR roster

The Government's regeneration agency, English Partnerships, is to set up its first-ever PR roster, worth £500,000 a year for three years.

English Partnerships plans to select 12 agencies to help manage community and stakeholder relationship programmes, public affairs, event management and media relations across the English regions. Projects will be delivered locally.

The agency acts as an adviser to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) and specialises in developing brownfield sites, such as Greenwich Peninsula. It also acts as a consultant to the private sector and boasts compulsory purchase powers forcing landowners to sell their land.

Some firms have been reluctant to sell or develop brownfield sites because they hope the value of the land will rise. But keeping land as a brownfield site prevents housing developers from buying it, a major concern for the ODPM as it tackles a chronic shortage of affordable housing, particularly in the South-East.

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