This Community asset transfer policy describes how the Council will enable an increase in the Community Ownership and Management of assets consistent with Cooperative Council principles.

Lambeth Council owns many buildings across the borough and has over time made formal arrangements with local organisations and groups to use these spaces from which to operate and deliver their services and activities.

The council recognises that many groups and organisations that contribute towards Lambeth’s local networks require affordable accommodation of a decent standard. Over the years, Lambeth has not had the capital to invest in its portfolio and looking ahead, this won't change in the near future.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. Enabling community asset ownership and management

The council has decided on a different approach designed to support our local community and voluntary sector. We want to use this property portfolio to build capacity within the community and voluntary sector, provide opportunities for groups to be more in control, whilst creating local benefits that improve the long term sustainability of the sector.

In order to support this approach the council has adopted a new and proactive asset transfer policy entitled Enabling Community Asset Ownership and Management.

The policy provides an opportunity for organisations from the voluntary and community sectors to make an application to have a council owned asset (building) transferred to them for management - provided that the transfer will benefit the local community.

Each application will be considered on a case by case basis and applicants will need to meet the meet the public interest and organisational tests set out in the policy document.

View the current list of assets of community value.

The Enabling Community Asset Ownership and Management policy does not apply to council owned residential properties.

2. Eligibility criteria

Organisations wishing to apply for an asset transfer must meet the following criteria:

  • Be Community-led (i.e. its proposed/existing governance arrangements must demonstrate that it has strong links with the local community, and that members of the community are able to influence its operation and decision-making processes)
  • Must be a community or legal entity that exists to perpetuate social, economic or environmental benefit in Lambeth, is non profit making and must be able to demonstrate that any surpluses generated are reinvested in the organisation
  • Must be appropriately constituted and capable of demonstrating good governance through open, accountable and cooperative processes, with adequate monitoring, evaluation and financial management systems
  • Must be capable of managing an asset and delivering services from the point of view of relevant skills, experience and capacity
  • Be willing to embrace diversity, work to improve community cohesion and reduce inequalities.

3. Process

The decision making process along with the indicative timescales are set out in Section 8 of the policy document.

Organisations will need to complete an organisational self assessment before submitting their Formal Expression of Interest.

Further details about the Enabling Community Asset Ownership and Management policy, the organisational self assessment and the process for submitting a Formal Expression of Interest are available from:

Donna Wiggins
Community Programme Manager
Active Communities Team