Published: 20th Aug 2014

Working out the basic viability of a building project does not always come easily to community groups – especially newer ones – and the ramifications of getting it wrong can be far reaching. A new set of tools aims to help the process. While localism and its associated planning reforms have opened up the enticing possibility of greater local control for such groups, the excitement generated by envisioning new community buildings is not always matched by the knowledge needed when planning and executing what are often fairly complex construction challenges. For every lucky group that can count an architect, building engineer or quantity surveyor among its ranks, there are plenty more that cannot; and for those that try to use guesswork in place of experience, the chances of making early and costly mistakes are much increased. Locality was appointed by DCLG to provide guidance on the new community rights introduced … (To read the full article, subscribe below)