Acquisition, Feasibility and Project Planning for Development

I found it very useful and I liked the fact the training included exercises.

Attended the Acquisition, Feasibility and Project Planning for Development course.

Ruth Scott

Trainee Land and New Business Manager, Moat Homes


This course follows on from Understanding the Development Process, and looks in more detail at the early stages in development management, including site finding, negotiation, valuation, project planning and the conveyancing process. Including undertaking feasibility studies focusing on common legal and technical issues that arise on housing development sites.

This course is suitable for Development and Regeneration staff who are reasonably new to the discipline, and staff from other teams within Registered Providers who are drafted into Development project teams.

Course Plan

This course covers the following subject areas:

  1. Site finding and negotiation
  2. Feasibility Studies – how to do them
  3. Valuation basics
  4. Milestone planning
  5. Conveyancing


Duration: 2 days

Intensive interactive learning with exercises. This course is available in both classroom and virtual format.

Suggested Preparation

Before coming on the course please review the following documents from one of your schemes currently under development (or very recently completed), and bring a copy with you to the course:

  1. The report on a completed desktop feasibility study on a site you were considering buying (and may now have bought, or may have dropped)
  2. A valuation report for a site you have purchased giving the value of the land / building bought
  3. A valuation report for the value of completed dwellings – typically for shared ownership or outright sale dwellings (if you have any schemes with sale units in them)
  4. A copy of the agreed Heads of Terms for land recently purchased
  5. A Report on Title for a site recently purchased
  6. A project Gantt Chart (preferably one for the whole project, from inception through to completion, but if that’s not available, bring a contractor’s programme)

If you are unsure what documents will give you this information, ask your manager who should be able to help.

You will find it helpful to look over the relevant Topics in Developing Affordable Housing, published by the National Housing Federation. It is available here.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed to follow on from the Understanding the Development Process course. It is preferable, although not essential, that delegates should either have attended that course or have an equivalent level of knowledge.


On completion of this course you will be provided with an HATC certificate.

Neil Clements


Neil has been in the affordable housing sector for most of his career, but also has experience in the contracting market having worked for a main, national, building contractor. He has also worked in the private housing development sector, having spent over 3 years as Development Director for a developer in the South-West.