This week has been jam-packed with events promoting community-led housing and CLTs. Over 200 people attended the launch of Brighton and Hove CLT to learn about how this new programme can help their community. The Surrey Community Housing Partnership hosted two events this week that provided information about developing community-led housing schemes. Both events were well-attended, and presenters met great enthusiasm from their audiences. This week is a fantastic example of the great efforts groups have made in advocacy and awareness-raising for community-led housing.
In Brighton on Tuesday, people heard from various community-led housing groups that offered to share their experiences. Councillor Anne Meadows, Chair of the Housing & New Homes Committee and a Labour & Co-operative representative for Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, spoke at the event: ‘In some respects I feel it’s national thinking that has caught up with Brighton & Hove,’ she said. ‘We have had an innovative and active community-led housing sector for many, many years and the provision of this funding through the DCLG has brought about the creation of this programme, through which we hope that more of the aspirations of this sector can be realised and more housing provided.’
BHCLT is optimistic about this spirit of community and history of community-led housing. They aim to provide financial support and expertise to local housing groups, help groups find and acquire land, and raise awareness of housing issues in their area.
Both of the events hosted by Surrey CHP helped to build momentum for community-led housing in Surrey. The first was in Guildford on February 19th, and the second took place that Wednesday in Leatherhead. Attendees heard from representatives from CLTs, co-ops, and self-build groups. They learned about all aspects of the development process, including finance, working with a Housing Association, and engaging with the community.