About the Community Asset Transfer

Local groups can apply for long term leases on council buildings to make them community hubs for projects and initiatives that support Westmorland and Furness Council Plan priorities. 

The main criteria for any application is that it is sustainable and financially viable so it can bring long term benefits for local people. 

CATs provide an opportunity for more efficient and effective use of buildings and land currently owned by the council, giving local people and communities greater control over local assets and the services delivered from them. 

How to apply

The Community Asset Transfer Policy (PDF 3MB) includes all of the information on the procedure for making your application, so please read this in full for guidance before you begin.

Expression of interest form (DOC 258KB)

Who to contact for more information

If you would like to have an initial conversation, please contact the community team in your area:

Case Study: The Old Courthouse in Shap

An excellent example of a successful CAT is The Old Courthouse in Shap where a group of local volunteers with a passion for retaining community facilities and services in the building formed their own trust and a robust business plan to take over the building from the council. 

Since submitting their applications in 2013, the group has continued to operate their own community hub. Now, ten years on, it is a warm, comfortable, well-used venue with a modern interior. It is home to nursery and school groups, local and touring artists and speakers, while also retaining regular library, playgroup and social interaction users. 

The Old Courthouse in Shap case study video.