Hartlepool Borough Council

Estates and Asset Management

Community Asset Transfer

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Hartlepool Borough Council has on ongoing strategy to rationalise land and buildings that are surplus to requirements. We currently lease a number of assets to voluntary and community organisations, usually on preferential terms.   The Community Asset transfer process allows community organisations to manage buildings that play a key role in the community.   Local people are often best placed to manage community facilities as they already make extensive use of their local knowledge and hands-on management often results in lower overheads and better value-for-money. Community organisations also use volunteers and take great pride in their local area.  Buildings considered for Community Asset Transfer include libraries, community centres, leisure facilities to name a  few but most sites will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Each organisation wishing to apply needs to meet the following criteria: 

  1. Be a charitable or not-for-private-profit organisation, eg a registered charity, company limited by guarantee with charitable status, Community Interest Company (CIC), a co-operative or community benefit Industrial & Provident Society with an asset lock, etc.  
  2. Generate social, economic or environmental benefits which directly benefit the people of Hartlepool  
  3. Have robust systems, governance and policies, as evidenced by a recognised quality mark or by meeting all the basic requirements as set out in the Community Asset Transfer Policy  
  4. have the capacity to manage the asset and have directors or committee members who have the necessary experience and skill  
  5. contribute towards the Council's corporate and strategic objectives  

Each request for Community Asset Transfer is considered on the basis of a written business case, consisting of a detailed business plan and evidence of need, expertise and the relevant quality standard. Full details can be found in the policy.

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