• Upton Lodge Farm feasibility study

Upton Lodge Farm feasibility study

Client: YMCA
Location: Upton, Northampton
Date: 2012

Services: Economic development  | Management & implementation

Commissioned by the YMCA, we prepared a feasibility study to design and assess a range of land use and management options for this important complex of historic buildings within the Upton urban extension in Northamptonshire.
We engaged a wide range of local groups and stakeholders to understand their needs and test the feasibility of different short, medium and long-term occupier and management models. We helped build a positive relationship between the site owner, current leaseholder, WNDC as funder and interested parties.
Our recommendations added value by establishing a flexible management model that would allow for fragile skills-based community groups to come and go over time whilst contributing to operational and management overhead.
Specific services:
  • Due diligence into planning policy and permission conditions, leasehold and freehold agreements and grant conditions
  • Individual and group stakeholder consultation
  • Review of comparable community learning and sustainability projects
  • Development and appraisal of options for ongoing management and occupation in the short, medium and long-term
  • Creation of a flexible long-term management model based on stakeholder requirements
  • Establishment of working arrangement between stakeholder groups to implement the project
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