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Former Institutional Property & Development Sites

How it might work ... An old hospital or school building has become redundant. As a public sector asset and on the community asset register due to the benefits of the playing areas and the open space, it is subject to the community right to buy. It is typical of the sites and properties that form the new land disposal strategy from the Homes and Communities Agency. The site was identified and nominated by the Umbrella CLT for inclusion within the new statutory register and ‘list of assets of community value’. The CLT were then able to bid for the control of this community asset [including the site, buildings or other community assets] when it comes up for sale. Section 66 of the Localism Bill 2011 requires the local authority to consider an expression of interest when made in writing by the CLT as a ‘relevant body’.

Former Institutional

The Umbrella CLT is also in the position to provide the technical support for communities in the execution of their new right to draw up their own ‘neighbourhood development plan’ that includes the right to ‘build’ where small-scale developments have benefits for the community directly through meeting a need and then can be controlled through a ‘local’ asset lock. The preferred approach to securing the site follows that of ‘build now pay later’ in order to promote development and economic activity and the CLT offer in this context has been considered on a level playing field basis with other offers for the site. Preference for the CLT, working in partnership with an existing member of the HCA Delivery Partner Panel, was ultimately due to the awareness of issues of local affordability and housing demand and meeting this need while submitting the best ‘restricted’ market value for the development that took into account the preferred planning mix of uses and provision of affordable housing. The site cost is paid as a percentage share of the sales values as the units are sold. Development begins on the basis of a building lease and the freehold is transferred to the individual buyer and the CLT taking responsibility for ongoing property management. Shared facilities have been provided for other social enterprises and supported trained with some help from the Big Society Bank.

hunslet mill

Grade II listed warehouse complex in the Aire Valley, central Leeds.

pendower former institutional

Grade II listed Victorian home and former educational / training centre in the west end of Newcastle upon Tyne.