CAT Opportunity – Hutton Hall, Herrick Rd;Washwood Heath,B8 1NT

Posted on 20th February 2015 by · No comments

Hutton Hall Community Centre has been made available for a CAT. The centre comprises of a external games area at the rear of the property ( does require some improvement) and a small car park at the front of the building. The Centre itself comprises of a large hall, kitchen, toilet, office area and small meeting room.

The Council is seeking to transfer this building with a view to maintaining it as a community facility and where possible supporting existing user groups. There are no staffing or TUPE implications in this proposal

The Council will be holding an open day for the site on Tuesday, 24th February at 10.301m – 12.30pm.

Any Expressions of Interest applications need to be submitted by no later than 5pm on Friday 6th March 2015. (Forms can be found on this website on the Protocol tab). Expressions of Interest should include:-

  • Business Plan including capital investment proposals
  • Details of Organisation and Constitution
  • Name of Directors/ Board Members
  • Set of recently audited a/cs where available

The submissions will be considered by an officer panel and successful organisations will be invited to interview on Thursday 19th March

FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT – Tracey Arthurs 0121 675 7926

All Submissions to be sent to – Hodge Hill District Office, Shard End Library, 4 All Saints Square, Shard End, Birmingham B34 7AG



Birmingham City Council – Community Asset Transfer Process

Posted on 9th August 2013 by · 2 comments

The City’s Community Asset Transfer Development Programme has now concluded BUT the good news is the outcome of that programme now means there is a Cabinet  agreed CAT Protocol and Way of Working . This means all Voluntary and Community Groups in Birmingham have a consistent and transparent pathway  from the initial expression of interest to the point of transfer.

Community Asset Transfer ( CAT) is not an automatic right like some of the recent  ones that have come into legislation ie Community Right to Bid and Community Right to Challenge but based on an individual business case. Please remember  not all buildings are available for CAT.

In Birmingham CAT means …..

  • Transfer of buildings and/ or land
  • Leasehold not freehold – generally on a full repairing lease and up to 25yrs (negotiable)
  • Economic Rent offset by Valuing Worth
  • to bona fide “not for profit” community  organisations (not for commercial profit making purposes but community benefit) eg Charity, CIC , Social Enterprise

A not for profit organisation can be defined as one which uses its surplus revenues to realise its social goals rather than distributing them as profit or dividends plus an “asset lock ” and clearly stated social goals/ focus on community benefit.

The up to date Forms are available on the Tab – BCC Protocol and New Way of Working

You may find the stories on the website from Community Organisations and Officers useful if you are thinking of undertaking a CAT.                  

   (Please note some of the information may now be slightly out of date).

New Community Asset Transfer Opportunities

Posted on 15th September 2014 by · No comments

The City Council are proposing to release properties below for Community Asset Transfer. Attached is the letter giving further details of dates for open days at each of the 3 sites and details for those sites. All expressions of interest must be received by 5pm on Friday 10th October; 2014 and interviews for those organisations shortlisted are scheduled for 30th October.
The first 3 properties included in the first tranch are:-
Highfield Hall – Hall Green
641 Youth House – Selly Oak
Greaves Hall – Kings Norton

We will provide a pack of information for each site when you submit an expression of interest
The Council is seeking to transfer these buildings with a view to maintaining them as community facilities and where possible support existing user groups. There are no staffing or TUPE implications

The Council is looking for organisations to submit expressions of interest which should include
* Business Plan inc. capital investment proposals
* Details of organisation and constitution
* Name of Directors/ Board Members
* Set of recently audited accounts where available

Don’t forget the organisation needs to meet the criteria for CAT as outlined on this website . Expression of Interest Form is also  available on this website on the Protocol Tab at the top of this website.

Attached below is the letter giving further details on the 3 properties as well as the specific particulars for each property

 CAT Letter

Particulars – 641 Bristol Rd

Particulars – Greaves Hall CAT

Particulars – Highfield Hall CAT

Potential funding for community asset transfer in Birmingham and other places

Posted on 23rd April 2012 by · No comments

We’ve just received this by e-mail…

Community Matters has received an extension to its BASIS funded programme
and is able to offer;
targeted support to community organisations to achieve a “Step change in

This can be up to 10 days intensive support on specific issues such as but
not limited to;

·       Business planning

·       Identifying and developing sources of income

·       Review and update of policies and procedures

·       Community consultation

·       Enterprise development

·       Hand holding support to achieve Visible or pre-Visible

·       Review strategic plans

·       Facilitated away days

·       Incorporation, registering as a company

·       Training courses for staff and trustees/management committee
members on some or all aspects of community facilities management

·       Trustee/board recruitment, training and induction

·       Supporting volunteering

·       Asset transfer

·       Legal compliance incl.  health and safety/risk assessments

·       Financial management

If you know any organisation that might benefit from this support, they do
not need to be community matters members, please ask them to contact me at<> or

<> both
email addresses are still activeThe support will be allocated on a first come first served basis to c300
organisations Nationally, and must finish by end of Feb 2013 

The Guardian reports on Birmingham’s Community Asset Transfer work.

Posted on 27th May 2011 by · No comments

Saba Salman of the The Guardian Voluntary Sector network was attracted to write about Birmingham and it’s community asset tranfer work after finding the warts and all case studies on this website.  In a piece she called Making community asset transfer work, she wrote:

The benefits of transfer are clear – community empowerment for local people and asset disposal for the council – but how do you overcome the hurdles?

In Birmingham, the council built on its involvement in the government pilot, recently agreeing a new protocol outlining a consistent path to transfer, from initial expressions of interest to the point of handing property or land.

Karen Cheney, co-ordinator of the council’s community asset transfer development programme, believes clarity is key. “Every local authority has to be very clear as to what community asset transfer means to them.” Councils can dispose off assets at preferential rates in various ways including freehold, a long lease, a shorter lease or a licence to occupy. In Birmingham it involves transferring leasehold, because “that’s protecting both sides – if it is freehold it’s gone and if it goes wrong, retrieving the situation is more costly”. Birmingham’s transfer website is clear, packed with information and avoids any overt council branding.

She also spoke to Masood Yasin of comm:pact about how he organised the transfer of Hutton Hall – which is also covered on this site.

The Community Sport Asset Transfer Toolkit

Posted on 17th May 2011 by · No comments

Sport England have just launched an interactive asset transfer toolkit for sport – commissioned by Sport England and produced by Locality’s Asset Transfer Unit.

The toolkit is a good first point of information on asset transfer from a sports perspective. The toolkit provides information, resources and case studies that will be of use for anyone attempting asset transfer in a sports context.

Factsheets on swimming pools threatened with closure

Posted on 6th May 2011 by · No comments

Pool Watch, a partnership between The ASA and British Gas, have published a useful set of factsheets related to swimming pools threatened with closure, including a factsheet on asset transfer and asset disposal:

There are more resources and case studies on pools in the Pool Watch toolbox.

Spaces4change: A modest fun for changing unused spaces into assets for 16 to 25 years olds

Posted on 12th April 2011 by · No comments

UnLtd and Channel 4 have just launched a simple programme which might help someone prime some work for a community asset transfer.  Below is lifted from the Unltd website.

About the Programme

The Spaces 4 Change Awards from UnLtd and Channel 4 provides funding and support to entrepreneurial individuals across the UK. We are looking for innovative ideas that unlock unused or under-utilised spaces for young people aged 16-25. Spaces that can be used to practice their cultural, creative or sporting passions.

What is available?

32 Awards of up to £5,000 for individuals or informal groups to set-up and run their own project and support from a dedicated Development Manager.

What are we looking for?

The Spaces 4 Change Awards will support individuals or informal groups with projects that:

  • Unlocks unused or under utilised spaces in their communities;
  • Benefits young people aged 16 -25 years old, and;
  • Allows young people to practice their cultural, creative or sporting passions.

Your project must not:

  • Be part of your paid employment;
  • Involve political or religious campaigning;
  • Involve activities outside the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony;
  • Involve employing people other than yourself to carry out most of the project work;
  • Be used mainly to achieve academic qualifications;
  • Be used to fund living expenses.

On going work with Community Asset Transfer in Birmingham

Posted on 4th April 2011 by · No comments

Community Asset Transfer…”There are risks but they can be minimised and managed – there is plenty of experience to draw on. The secret is all parties working together”

(The Quirk Review – “Making Assets Work”)

It is hoped that this website will act as a support and guide  for both public agency staff and community organisations to the ins and outs of Community Asset Transfer in Birmingham giving an interesting, creative and importantly  “warts and all”  picture of previous and current work. Read the rest of this entry »

Hutton Hall Community Centre, Washwood Heat

Posted on 4th April 2011 by · 1 comment
Opening of Hutton Hall

Opening of Hutton Hall

Photo of Hutton Hall Celebration Event by Podnosh

UPDATE jan 14 – unfortunately Hutton Hall has been taken back into the city council following  a number of difficulties with the community organisation who were the preferred community partner. There is always going to be an element of risk with CAT  but lessons have been learnt and because of the city’s policy of long lease rather than freehold it does mean the facility is still in the  public realm and may be available again in the future for CAT


On Friday, 1 April 2011 a celebration event was held at Hutton Hall Community Centre in Washwood Heath to show off the fantastic art work on the outside of the building and for its very imminent community asset transfer hand over to Commpact from Birmingham City Council.

Masood Yasin, Senior Project Manager at Commpact in Washwood Heath – with a whole host of volunteers and support from Macarts – has led this project through the community asset transfer initiative.

In this audio, Masood talks about the challenges of working through the community asset transfer – it’s been 2 years’ work. He also talks about how the hard work has paid off in a rejuvenated community centre that looks fantastic and will be a great place for young people, families and community groups to meet. He wants the centre to be the hub, the heart of the community, for everyone in Washwood Heath.