Understanding the development process

I really enjoyed the course and would recommend without hesitation. Being relatively new to development (8 months) I felt that the course provided an excellent general overview. There were terms and areas that I had limited knowledge of and the course has helped me understand these. There were also areas I had zero prior knowledge of and these were explained very well. The course has certainly helped me in my current role.

Attended the Understanding the Development Process course.

Amy Hickman

Development Officer, Jephson Housing


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 the key risk areas.

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.

Course Plan

This course covers the following subject areas:

  1. Context and background of property development and project management
  2. Site identification
  3. Feasibility study
  4. Purchase and conveyancing
  5. Managing the design process
  6. The planning system
  7. Procurement
  8. Building contract issues
  9. Snagging, practical completion, handover and defects


Duration: 2 days

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

Suggested preparation

A comprehensive handout is provided with this course. While not essential, it is helpful to scan this before the course. Please come armed with a list of questions you have, jargon you have heard and terms used that you don’t understand so that we can make sure you go away feeling more prepared for your role.

The best text for future reference is Developing Affordable Housing, published by the National Housing Federation. It is available here.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this module.


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.