Community Asset Transfer

Helping communities shape space & place

Assets are publicly-owned land and buildings managed by public authorities. Community asset transfer (CAT) is the process of moving these assets to ownership or management by community organisations. DTNI, as part of a UK network of development trust organisations in Scotland, Wales and England, can access practitioner-led examples of the most successful asset transfers to date.

Download our fact sheets below, featuring successful asset transfers as well as those that aspire to be.

Is your community in need of space to develop and grow?
Have you identified an asset that could be utilised for the community’s wellbeing and development?

We work with community and voluntary organisations to identify buildings and land which could meet their development needs.

So what assets are available in your local area? What assets could be put to better use by meeting an identified need? 

Currently, DTNI is notified when a public asset becomes surplus to requirements but we want to be proactive  by issuing an open call to various public bodies on your organisation’s behalf.

Your organisation may require access to land or property for a short term or meanwhile use, or an asset may meet longer term plans for the regeneration of your neighbourhood.

Whatever the circumstances, if you have a proposal or an identified need which you would like to discuss, please get in touch with

CAT Routemap

The Community Asset Transfer Routemap lays out the CAT process and aligns the current formal disposal process alongside the role of DTNI as third sector facilitators of this process.

Since 2017 all surplus central government assets have been placed into one central repository within the Asset Management Unit at the Strategic Investment Board. Download a pdf from the website or contact us for hard copies.

CAT in Scotland

Here’s a short animation produced by the Community Ownership Support Service (Development Trusts Association Scotland) illustrating how they do things in Scotland