Community First News & Updates

More Community Led Housing in 2019

by | Nov 3, 2018 | Community Development, News

In 2017 Community First in partnership with Wiltshire Community Land Trust and Wiltshire Council introduced a community-led housing partnership. One year on, the partnership has successfully launched an exciting new project that will deliver affordable housing schemes for communities in Wiltshire helping local housing needs through the Government’s Community Housing Fund Programme.

Community Led Housing is an initiative for people, dedicated to supporting local communities to help reduce housing shortages for the old, young and those without families.

What is Community-Led Housing?

Community Land Trusts say it’s about ‘local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving housing problems’. In doing so, we are able to afford and create stable and strong homes in ways that are otherwise difficult to do through mainstream housing initiatives.

The Community-led housing sector bodies agreed a definition that is based on the following principles:

  1. A requirement that meaningful community engagement and consent occurs throughout the process. The community does not necessarily have to initiate and manage the development process, or build the homes themselves, though some may do.
  2. The local community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes and in a manner of their choosing.
  3. A requirement that the benefits of the scheme to the local area and/or specified community group are clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity e.g. through an asset lock.

Community led housing can be delivered in a number of ways including:

  • Community Land Trusts
  • Housing Co-operatives
  • Co-Housing
  • Self Build
  • CustomBuild
  • Housing Associations
  • Local authorities
  • Parish councils

The Government has provided funding to help reduce housing shortages across the nation. Off the back of this, the last 20 months has seen Community First, Wiltshire Community Land Trust and Wiltshire Council collaborate with community led initiatives to drive the development of the work needed to secure more affordable housing.

The Wiltshire-based Community Led Housing team has been developed to support communities to deliver housing in their communities

For further information, visit communitylandtrusts.org.uk or please get in touch with the Community Led Housing team on: 07423 624816 or via email vbodman@communityfirst.org.uk

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