Why is it important?
Development (and acquisition) of land and buildings is fundamental to increasing local provision to address identified housing, economic and social needs.
It involves risk, particularly financial, which requires effective management utilising appropriate skills and experience.
The management of development and acquisition is also important to help ensure viable and sustainable schemes which are truly affordable locally.
You will need to consider what the process will involve, how you will project manage delivery and what skills and experience you will need and when you will need them.
Housing Needs Surveys are a key feature of community-led housing schemes, used to provide robust evidence for the scale of need in a community and the characteristics required in a development. Read more about how Eastern Community Homes can support groups with carrying out Housing Needs Surveys.
Other areas to think through are how you can ensure you get planning permission, which stakeholders you will need to be involved at each stage and how you can acquire the necessary land and buildings.
Developing your vision
We will guide you through funding applications, finance and development management and the process of selecting housing association partners and consultants.
We will then assist you with preparing feasibility studies, assessing viability and concept development, identifying sites, valuation, interest negotiation and acquisition and advise you on design and building options.
Our help can continue with advising you on pre-planning and planning application development, managing contracts and brokering with developers.