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Assets publications

Locality has published a wide range of publications for organisations seeking to acquire, redevelop and manage property assets.

You can find our complete range of assets documents in the assets resources section.

Assets publications

Places & Spaces – the future of assets (2016) paper calls for a £1bn fund to save the nation’s public assets. Not only would this prevent our most iconic community buildings from being lost for good, it’s a huge opportunity to empower communities, reshape public services and regenerate local economies.

Pillars of the Community (2014) looks at the community asset transfer of heritage buildings. The publication includes key considerations for local authorities in transferring heritage assets including strategy development.  It provides a range of advice for community and voluntary organisations from assessing potential uses to ensuring the long-term viability of the transfer.

London Third Sector Premises Report (2013) gives an overview of third sector accommodation issues across London. Prepared by the London Third Sector Premises Forum, the report looks at the current status of key policy and practice and how council approaches towards budget cuts, strategic asset management, asset transfer, rate relief, rent, localism and community rights are affecting the third sector in relation to accommodation.

The Show Must Go On (2013) an overview of how communities can take ownership of civic buildings like theatres, arts spaces, performance venues and town halls.

The FA Guide to asset transfers (2012) looks at opportunities for clubs and leagues to take on long-term leases and acquire football facilities through community asset transfer.  The guide is aimed at community football clubs and leagues which are either considering or are in the process of negotiating a change in the way they manage and secure the facilities which they use.

Empowering Communities: Making the Most of Local Assets – an officers’ guide (2012)

Empowering Communities: Making the Most of Local Assets – a councillors’ guide (2012) These guides provide a clear summary of routes to community ownership and management of property assets.  Though aimed at councillors and local authority officers, they are relevant to anyone seeking a summary of the duties and powers of local authorities in promoting community asset ownership, including Community Right to Bid, community asset transfer, meanwhile use, community right to reclaim land and compulsory purchase for communities.

The Asset Transfer Legal Toolkit (2010) is a suite of guidance documents to help you through the legal side of the asset transfer process, covering: legal process, getting started, investment readiness, property development, taking a stake, and long-term relationship development.

Community Led Spaces (2010) is a guide for community organisations and local authorities around the community asset transfer of public spaces such as parks, gardens and woodlands.  The guide includes considerations for local authorities around transfer and advice for community organisations around viable and sustainable transfer.

To Have and To Hold (2010) outlines key issues around acquiring and managing a property assets.  It covers building support from stakeholders, feasibility and the design and construction process.

Community Owned and Managed Swimming Pools (2009) sets out key considerations for the community asset transfer of swimming pools.  The guidance covers the development work needed from steering group to social enterprise and includes a range of case studies.

Making Buildings Work for Your Community (2008) explores issues around design refurbishment and retrofit.  A resource for any group aiming to refurbish a building, the guide covers the main issues to be considered including access, flexibility, security, management and maintenance.

The Green Asset Guide (2007) explores approaches to reducing environmental impact in the improvement or development of land or buildings.  It covers climate change and building adaptability, waste, energy and management for improved environmental sustainability.

Please note that the publication date is given in brackets after the title.  Information was correct at the date of publication.