Community Asset Transfer

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What is Community Asset Transfer:

A Community Asset Transfer Policy proposal identifies when the council considers the transfer of assets, and how local communities could register an interest in taking over a council owned property.

The County Council supports the principle of the transfer of community assets in order to empower and strengthen local communities. The Council believes that transferring appropriate public assets to communities leads to more responsive services that better meet local people’s priorities.

Transfer of an asset can also provide the opportunity to channel more resources into a community and provide a more accessible and responsive base from which to deliver local services.

Typically, organisations that would be considered appropriate are Voluntary and Community Groups/Associations, Trusts or Charities, or Social Enterprise Groups.

It is emphasised that any project must enable and be able to secure the widest possible local community support and input, and the County Council will expect to receive a detailed business case to support any application. Applications from a single service in a single building are less likely to be successful.

Important: Please read the supporting documentation before you progress with your application as you will need to have all the information to hand when completing the Expression of Interest and the system does not allow you to save and come back to it later.

How does Community Asset Transfer work?

It is a two stage process

  • Stage One: Formal Expression of Interest

This involves an overview of what the interested organisations are looking to utilise the building for and demonstrates there is community support.

  • Stage Two: Full Business Plan

Once Formal Expression of Interest submissions have been considered the prospective interested organisations are invited to submit their full business and delivery plans with more detail. Including Finances, Management Plan, Governance details of the Organisation etc

The County Council may decide to withdraw this opportunity at any time and will not be held liable or responsible for any costs incurred by bidders in this process. All discussions and negotiations will be Subject to Contract and subject to the County Council's governance process and formal approval.

All information provided by WSCC as part of this process is for guidance only and should not be relied upon as the basis for any financial modelling or business planning.

Applicants are advised to carry out their own due diligence and are recommended to seek independent legal advice.

Accessibility Statement

If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 033 0222 3834 or via email at community.response@westsussex.gov.uk and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 033 0222 3834

We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Please view the West Sussex County Council Accessibility Statement for further details. Information about the accessibility of the Your Voice Engagement Hub can be found by clicking on the 'Accessibility tab' which can be found right at the bottom of this page. Where it exists, we will provide details of any project related content which is not fully accessible under a heading of 'Non-accessible content' below.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us at haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.uk.

Survey web browser compatibility

Please use one of the browsers below when completing the survey to ensure it looks and works as it should. These are

· Microsoft Edge version 86 and above

· Chrome version 86 and above

· Firefox version 78 and above

· Safari version 14 and above

Data Protection/Privacy Notice

The Voice and Participation team will use this questionnaire to collect personal and special category data the processing of which is necessary to enable us to be compliant with the law (general well-being duties), and for reasons of substantial public interest. The data will be processed in accordance with the 2018 Data Protection Act, the General Data Protection Regulations, and any subsequent data protection legislation. The data we collect be securely stored and kept for period of up to 2 years before being appropriately destroyed. The data we will collect will not be used for any other purpose than that stated above without your prior written consent. West Sussex County Council is registered as Data Controller (Reg. No. Z6413427). For further details and information about our Data Controller, please see www.westsussex.gov.uk/privacy-policy.

What is Community Asset Transfer:

A Community Asset Transfer Policy proposal identifies when the council considers the transfer of assets, and how local communities could register an interest in taking over a council owned property.

The County Council supports the principle of the transfer of community assets in order to empower and strengthen local communities. The Council believes that transferring appropriate public assets to communities leads to more responsive services that better meet local people’s priorities.

Transfer of an asset can also provide the opportunity to channel more resources into a community and provide a more accessible and responsive base from which to deliver local services.

Typically, organisations that would be considered appropriate are Voluntary and Community Groups/Associations, Trusts or Charities, or Social Enterprise Groups.

It is emphasised that any project must enable and be able to secure the widest possible local community support and input, and the County Council will expect to receive a detailed business case to support any application. Applications from a single service in a single building are less likely to be successful.

Important: Please read the supporting documentation before you progress with your application as you will need to have all the information to hand when completing the Expression of Interest and the system does not allow you to save and come back to it later.

How does Community Asset Transfer work?

It is a two stage process

  • Stage One: Formal Expression of Interest

This involves an overview of what the interested organisations are looking to utilise the building for and demonstrates there is community support.

  • Stage Two: Full Business Plan

Once Formal Expression of Interest submissions have been considered the prospective interested organisations are invited to submit their full business and delivery plans with more detail. Including Finances, Management Plan, Governance details of the Organisation etc

The County Council may decide to withdraw this opportunity at any time and will not be held liable or responsible for any costs incurred by bidders in this process. All discussions and negotiations will be Subject to Contract and subject to the County Council's governance process and formal approval.

All information provided by WSCC as part of this process is for guidance only and should not be relied upon as the basis for any financial modelling or business planning.

Applicants are advised to carry out their own due diligence and are recommended to seek independent legal advice.

Accessibility Statement

If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 033 0222 3834 or via email at community.response@westsussex.gov.uk and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 033 0222 3834

We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Please view the West Sussex County Council Accessibility Statement for further details. Information about the accessibility of the Your Voice Engagement Hub can be found by clicking on the 'Accessibility tab' which can be found right at the bottom of this page. Where it exists, we will provide details of any project related content which is not fully accessible under a heading of 'Non-accessible content' below.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us at haveyoursay@westsussex.gov.uk.

Survey web browser compatibility

Please use one of the browsers below when completing the survey to ensure it looks and works as it should. These are

· Microsoft Edge version 86 and above

· Chrome version 86 and above

· Firefox version 78 and above

· Safari version 14 and above

Data Protection/Privacy Notice

The Voice and Participation team will use this questionnaire to collect personal and special category data the processing of which is necessary to enable us to be compliant with the law (general well-being duties), and for reasons of substantial public interest. The data will be processed in accordance with the 2018 Data Protection Act, the General Data Protection Regulations, and any subsequent data protection legislation. The data we collect be securely stored and kept for period of up to 2 years before being appropriately destroyed. The data we will collect will not be used for any other purpose than that stated above without your prior written consent. West Sussex County Council is registered as Data Controller (Reg. No. Z6413427). For further details and information about our Data Controller, please see www.westsussex.gov.uk/privacy-policy.

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    Stage Two

    Business Plan is programmed to run for 10 weeks from Monday 14th March 2022 to 24th May 2022

    It is important that community and voluntary groups, applying to the County Council for the transfer of assets put forward a robust viable business case in support of any proposal.

    The following sets out the requirements that need to be demonstrated by the group/organisation to be considered ‘fit for purpose’ to lease County Council assets.

    • Financial viability of the transfer
    • Experience of, and/or commitment to, partnership working
    • The appropriate skills, knowledge and expertise in managing the asset and associated project
    • Clearly defined structures, roles and responsibilities
    • Clear decision-making processes
    • All legislation and regulatory controls are in place
    • Aims and objectives
    • Indication of your expected deliverables across a time frame
    • Managing impact of COVID 19 or other risk impact on proposed business plan

    The County Council may decide to withdraw this opportunity at any time and will not be held liable or responsible for any costs incurred by bidders in this process. All discussions and negotiations will be Subject to Contract and subject to the County Council's governance process and formal approval.

    All information provided by WSCC as part of this process is for guidance only and should not be relied upon as the basis for any financial modelling or business planning. 

    Applicants are advised to carry out their own due diligence and are recommended to seek independent legal advice and carry out a condition survey of the property.


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    Stage Two

    Business Plan is programmed to run for 10 weeks from Monday 14th March 2022 to 28th June 2022

    It is important that community and voluntary groups, applying to the County Council for the transfer of assets put forward a robust viable business case in support of any proposal.

    The following sets out the requirements that need to be demonstrated by the group/organisation to be considered ‘fit for purpose’ to lease County Council assets.

    • Financial viability of the transfer
    • Experience of, and/or commitment to, partnership working
    • The appropriate skills, knowledge and expertise in managing the asset and associated project
    • Clearly defined structures, roles and responsibilities
    • Clear decision-making processes
    • All legislation and regulatory controls are in place
    • Aims and objectives
    • Indication of your expected deliverables across a time frame
    • Managing impact of COVID 19 or other risk impact on proposed business plan

    The County Council may decide to withdraw this opportunity at any time and will not be held liable or responsible for any costs incurred by bidders in this process. All discussions and negotiations will be Subject to Contract and subject to the County Council's governance process and formal approval.

    All information provided by WSCC as part of this process is for guidance only and should not be relied upon as the basis for any financial modelling or business planning. 

    Applicants are advised to carry out their own due diligence and are recommended to seek independent legal advice and carry out a condition survey of the property.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Stage Two

    Business Plan is programmed to run for 10 weeks from Monday 14th March 2022 to 24th May 2022

    It is important that community and voluntary groups, applying to the County Council for the transfer of assets put forward a robust viable business case in support of any proposal.

    The following sets out the requirements that need to be demonstrated by the group/organisation to be considered ‘fit for purpose’ to lease County Council assets.

    • Financial viability of the transfer
    • Experience of, and/or commitment to, partnership working
    • The appropriate skills, knowledge and expertise in managing the asset and associated project
    • Clearly defined structures, roles and responsibilities
    • Clear decision-making processes
    • All legislation and regulatory controls are in place
    • Aims and objectives
    • Indication of your expected deliverables across a time frame
    • Managing impact of COVID 19 or other risk impact on proposed business plan

    The County Council may decide to withdraw this opportunity at any time and will not be held liable or responsible for any costs incurred by bidders in this process. All discussions and negotiations will be Subject to Contract and subject to the County Council's governance process and formal approval.

    All information provided by WSCC as part of this process is for guidance only and should not be relied upon as the basis for any financial modelling or business planning. 

    Applicants are advised to carry out their own due diligence and are recommended to seek independent legal advice and carry out a condition survey of the property.

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