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I was wondering how people/communities get started with Community Housing Projects? Housing is a big issue in my area, particularly availability of affordable family housing, but I’m pretty sure my community are unaware of their right to build community led housing. We are just about to embark on a Neighbourhood Plan so I’m hoping that this issue might be tackled as part of that.
The other issue is bringing back into use long term empty or derelict houses. How would the community begin to tackle this? What are the first steps?
Neighbourhood Planning is a good way to get into community led housing because it requires communities to really think about the kind of housing their community needs and where it should be sited. there is funding and support available for NP . http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/neighbourhood-planning/
Starting with empty homes is also a great idea. You can get more information from http://self-help-housing.org/ and you might like to see the story of Middlesbrough CLT here as an inspirational example of what can be achieved. http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-housing/?_a=stories
However, Community Right to Build does not, as its name suggests, give communities an actual Right to Build. This process is actually a way of gaining planning consent without having to ask your local planning authority. There’s more on it here http://mycommunity.org.uk/resources/right-to-build-step-by-step-guides/
If you would like more detailed information on starting a CLH project, please feel free to contact Locality.