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Planning and delivering decant programmes

With the property market showing signs of recovery and cross-subsidy schemes becoming the preferred approach to regenerate estates, securing knowledge of how to plan and manage your decant programme is a key element for success.

The Chartered Institute of Housing says: “Decanting can be a difficult and stressful experience for a household, even when it is only on a temporary basis. It can put enormous pressure on the relationship between landlord and tenant.”

This practical and participative workshop sets out a robust approach to the planning process as well as focusing on the skills and tools to deliver a successful decant programme.


  • To gain an understanding of the project planning process
  • To understand the role of negotiation in achieving successful outcomes, and how to be a successful negotiator
  • To understand how your decant programme fits with the overall project delivery programme
  • To explore tools and techniques that will support your management of an effective decant programme.

Workshop outline:

  • Planning a decant programme: tools to develop your programme, understanding the challenges and how to manage them, resourcing your plan, and managing the delivery programme
  • Negotiating successful outcomes: negotiating techniques and tools, applying these to the decant scenario, negotiating and closing the deal
  • What happens when negotiations fail? The legal process to secure vacant possession – possession proceedings and compulsory purchase
  • Review and action planning.

Our trainer

Tony Draper is a senior housing manager with significant experience of developing and delivering decant programmes. He brings a new approach to the subject with a strong focus on the tools required to effectively plan and project manage decant programmes.

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for all people involved in estate regeneration, housing management, redevelopment, allocations and lettings.

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package please contact us by emailing

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