The Co-operative Councils Innovation Network (CCIN) has published a report detailing how local authorities can partner with community-led housing (CLH) organisations. It includes practical advice about the benefits of CLH and how local authorities can play a role in alleviating some of the barriers that CLH organisations face.
The report was written by the Housing Commission on Community-Led Housing, which was set up in September 2016 by CCIN. The National CLT Network has been involved with the Commission since its creation. Both our Director, Catherine Harrington, and board member Stephen Hill are commissioners. Catherine Harrington, Director at the National CLT Newtork said:
“I was delighted to be involved in this important piece of work that showcases the already good work so many local authorities are doing. What we need now is for more local authorities across the country to recognise the contribution that community-led housing makes and put in place measures to see it become a mainstream option for housing supply”.
The Commission’s work has culminated into a ‘best practice’ guide for community organisations and local authorities. It presents an overview of CLH and case studies of how different local authorities have supported CLH groups. The report is certainly a useful tool to share with local authorities that may be unfamiliar with CLH.
Read the report here.
Community-led housing groups are set in many different ways, and for many different reasons. Give the nature of this report, the focus is on the variety of ways local authorities can play a more supportive role. Many of the case studies featured in the report are National CLT Network member groups. Within the report you’ll read how Cornwall CLT has developed almost 200 affordable homes through its own projects and supporting new CLTs in their region.
In East Cambridgeshire, two new CLTs will be created per year with help from East Cambridgeshire District Council’s start-up grants and pre-development loans. And Lewisham Council has adopted a similar policy by committing to support community-led housing in its 2015-2020 housing strategy. As a part of this strategy, CLT RUSS will lead the charge and develop 33 affordable homes in the area.
The Commission is also supporting the creation of a CLH Technical Toolkit for local authorities, which will be published in March 2018.
Check out our events page to see how you can visit CLTs like the ones featured in the report and learn more about community-led housing. .