In some instances, a site or building may already have been identified or brought under the control of the community organisation leading the project. In other cases, it may be necessary to acquire land or buildings. In these instances, it is important to be very sure that the land or buildings can be secured before serious time or financial resources are committed to developing the project.
Site or building acquisition may be undertaken through the open market, through local authority asset transfer, compulsory purchase by the local authority, partnerships with property owning organisations or other means. It may involve purchase, leasing, rental or other arrangements. Site or Building Selection Before searching for a site or building, it is necessary to prepare a clear specification based on the needs of the project. This may include a number of factors:
- Location and infrastructure
- Statutory consents