Understanding the Development Process

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This course provides an overview of the key stages, events and issues in developing affordable housing and regeneration schemes from site identification and scheme inception through to handover and project completion.

On completing the course, the learners will have a basic understanding of the process and is the key risk areas.

Please note that this course does not address how affordable housing is funded or accessing Social Housing Grant. These topics are covered in the Funding Affordable Housing course.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for Development and Regeneration staff who are new to the discipline, staff from other teams within Registered Providers who are drafted into Development project teams, senior managers and Board members who wish to have a high-level understanding of the process and risks.

Entry or Pre-course Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this module.

Recommended Reading

A comprehensive handout is provided with this course. However the best text for future reference is Developing Affordable Housing, published by the National Housing Federation.

Course Plan: This course covers the following subject areas which are addressed at an introductory and overview level:

  • Welcome
  • Context and background regarding both property development and project management
  • Site identification, purchase and conveyancing;
  • Managing the design process;
  • Risk management and internal approvals;
  • The planning system
  • Procurement
  • Building contract issues
  • Snagging, Practical Completion, Handover and Defects


Intensive interactive classroom-based learning with exercises


Andrew Drury

Duration & Times

2 days

Day 1: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Day 2: 9.30am – 4.00pm


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


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