Property Projects

The Life Cycle of a Property Project

*Please note that these steps can be scaled up or down depending on the size of the project. 
*If you unsure if Consent is required, answer these questions.    

Phase 1 - Preparation

Step 1 - Produce a Mission Plan & Property Plan 


Part One - Mission Plan
Mission Planning Toolkit has guidance to help churches write a mission plan.  The simplest form for Mission Planning can be found here

Part Two - Property Plan
Church Property Plan  will help trustees to conduct of thorough audit of the church and its potential uses for mission.  A copy should be sent to the DPS.  

Developing Your Vision
Undertaking a Community Audit 

Step 2 - Do Your Research

TMCP's Guide to Legal Considerations

How Do I Make Changes to a Listed Building?
Listed Building FAQ's

Balancing the Need for Change with heritage and Liturgical Considerations 

Step 3 - Conduct a Feasibility Study

Options Appraisals, Feasibility Study, Architect’s Brief and the Design Stages

Planning Your Project

Applying for Feasibility Funding from the PDC* 

Step 4 - Review and Decide Next Steps

Ensuring Your Project is Sustainable

Developing a Team and Assessing Your Skills and Abilities


Step 5 - Add the Project to the Consents website 

Consents website FAQ's
Is Consent required? 

Statement of Need and Significance 

Writing a Business Plan

Business Plan Toolkit

Business Plan template

Step 6 - Obtain Initial Authorisations


Step 7 - Apply for Planning & Listed Building Permissions

Listed Building Advisory Committee (LBAC)

Step 8 - Funding

Methodist Insurance Fundraising Hub

Raising the Funds

Identifying the Right External Funders

Completing Applications – Selling Your Project to Funders

 Affordable Housing Funding

 Step 9 - Obtain Final Consent 


Step 10 - Procure a Contractor

Managing the Building Works on Site


Step 11 - Starting the Work

Managing Project Cash Flow


Step 12 - Handover and Celebrate Success


Resources and Further Information


For further questions specific to Methodist Church buildings,
please email the Property Support Officer

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