The UK Cohousing Network in partnership with Locality and with support from the Community Land Trust Network, has hosted 4 mini-conference sessions on how to effectively support community led housing. The four events have taken place in:
- Brighton (5th March),
- Oxford 6th March,
- Hereford (18th March)
- Hebden Bridge (28th March)
Community-led housing is a general term that includes a variety of different approaches such as cohousing, self help housing, CLTs, co-operative housing and group self-build. The events showcased what can be achieved at a local level when communities, housing providers and local authorities work in partnership. We also reviewed the current framework of mechanisms and tools that are being used at a local and national level to wrap around positive enabling support to help projects to come to fruition.
There are some very innovative councils and projects underway that are managing to be creative with property, finance and staff resources even in these challenging times. I think the common thread of the examples we heard from was a 'people first approach' to public service delivery and a determination to find out how to use powers that already exist to support project delivery.
Jo Gooding, UK Cohousing Network. What is Community Led Housing.
Jane Stott - Threshold Centre. What can be achieved. (Brighton)
Lis Parker - Cashers Green. What can be achieved (Oxford)
Blase Lambert Confederation of Cooperative Housing. How to do it - An overview of the development journey (Oxford & Hebden Bridge)
Paul Sutton - South Shropshire Housing Association. How to support project development (Hereford)