Asset Transfer

Asset transfer involves the transfer of the ownership of land or buildings from organisations such as local authorities to community groups, for example local sports clubs, trusts, arts facilities, libraries, theatres and buildings of historical interest.


Welsh Government Consultations and Written Statements


Resources and Guidance

  • Presentation from Supporting Strategic Commissioning event – Workshop 3 – Community Asset Transfer: Not Just Bricks and Mortar (10th March 2015) - This workshop aims to: Why Community Asset Transfer is currently a “hot topic” in Wales – national context and work of National Assets Working Group; How Community Asset Transfer can protect and enhance local services; it is not just about property; The benefits of using a structured, robust and pro-active approach to Community Asset Transfer; the Blaenau Gwent CBC approach (including lessons learned); The benefit of using a Third Sector support organisation as a conduit between the Authority and the Applicant; lowering the risk for Local Authorities; Case studies highlighting the benefits of Community Asset Transfer to the Local Authority and Third Sector
  • Land and Asset Transfer - Wales Audit Office event 3rd April & 30 April 2015

  • The evaluation of public sector land or assets may well need to be undertaken in this current economic climate. The aim of this seminar was to demystify what can be a very complex process and help to avoid pitfalls with contributions from stakeholders involved in the process.

  • Making better use of Public Assets Seminar – Wales Audit event 15th and 22nd January 2015

  • This seminar provided delegates with practical examples of innovative and collaborative approaches to asset management. Delegates were able to identify opportunities to drive efficiencies and improve the way in which services are delivered in Wales.

  • Guidance in this section covers acquiring, leasing and disposing of property, and managing other assets including vehicles, IT equipment, land and intellectual property for third sector organisations.

  • Community interest companies: guidance chapters. Comprehensive information for people who want to form a community interest company (CIC), other stakeholders and those giving professional advice about CICs.

  • Tips for applying for funding for community buildings; Big Lottery Fund Wales

  • Plunkett Foundation helps communities to take control of their challenges and overcome them together. We support people, predominantly in rural areas, to set up and run life-changing community co-operatives; enterprises that are owned and run democratically by large numbers of people in their community.

  • Information on the current projects managed through the National asset working group.

    ePIMS - The electronic property information and mapping service created by UK Government and maintained by cabinet office.

    Space Cymru - Space Cymru advertises public sector property that's available to let or buy.

    Fleet Project - Identifies the level of "maturity" in the Welsh public sector in relation to fleet management and passenger transport.

    ICT Project - The development of a centrally procured, comprehensive asset management IT programme for use by public sector organisations in Wales.

    Invest to Save - The delivery of public service improvement projects that result in significant cash-releasing efficiency savings.

    Land Transfer Protocol - Sets out advice by the National Assets Working Group (NAWG) for a best practice solution for the transfer or disposal of land between public bodies in Wales.

    Property Indicators and Benchmarking - Good data helps people to make better and more informed decisions.

  • Community Asset Transfers in Wales – A Best Practice Guide  The guidance is intended to support a step-change in enabling communities to play a more active role in service design and delivery; to enable organisations to be better equipped to undertake community asset transfers.
  • Asset management planning  Asset management planning is central to the achievement of excellent property control and delivery of financial priorities
  • Property Indicators and Benchmarking 
  • Community Asset Transfer - In light of the increasingly difficult financial outlook, as part of planning process to agree the 2010/11 budget, the Cabinet of Torfaen County Borough Council (TCBC) undertook a review of a number of services, including commissioning a management options appraisal of its leisure service.
  • Aneurin Leisure - Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council began initial discussions regarding alternative models of service delivery for Leisure services during 2012. The key drivers were to sustain the delivery of Leisure’s social objectives, meet the requirements of the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy, including the achievement of NNDR savings for the Council. In January 2013, an external consultancy company was brought in during the early stages to contribute to the development of a business case having supported the set-up of multiple charitable trusts across the UK and they later formed part of a project board which was set up in August 2013.

  • Community Asset Transfer - Big Lottery Fund

  • Assets and services toolkit ( Welsh Government)



Community Asset Transfer case studies


Useful Links:

  • Locality is the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive.

  • DTA Wales has developed a new site, the 'Asset Portal'. The Portal is a source of information to any organisation that wishes to own, develop or manage an Asset.

  • CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.
  • Assets Cymru - Making the best use of the assets of the Welsh public sector is key to delivery high quality services for the people of Wales
  • National Assets Working Group  The National Asset Working Group (NAWG) enables and influences organisations to adopt a collaborative approach in asset management.