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
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