Development guide for smaller housing associations

This guide to development is tailored specifically for smaller housing associations, describing each stage of the process and outlining useful project management techniques.

6 November 2019

Based on our Developing Affordable Housing publication, it reflects the different risks and challenges faced by smaller organisations when undertaking development projects.

This guide:

  • describes the development environment and different types of scheme
  • provides a walk-through of the stages in the development process and the key players involved
  • outlines the main project management activities, tools and techniques 
  • contains helpful illustrations and examples of charts that can be used when planning projects.

The guide also includes two appendices, an adaptable business case template for Gateway reviews and a prompt list of risks for land-led schemes.

Download the guide

Download appendix one – business case template

Download appendix two – risks prompt list


  • Author: Andrew Drury, HATC
  • Number of pages: 41
  • Publisher, year: National Housing Federation, 2019