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5. The most frequently talked about route into housing is developing some sort of new build project, but this can be complex, expensive and often takes a fairly long time. A simpler and quicker option, which often doesn’t require having to get planning permission, might be to look at the possibility of making use of vacant properties, of one sort of another. Most usually ordinary street properties, but possibly flats over shops or redundant commercial properties (such as offices or pubs). This has become known as ‘self-help housing’ and can provide an accessible route into learning about procuring and managing housing