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Sunday, 18 August 2019
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    Community housing accreditation course January 2019

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    Lyvennet Community Trust, Crosby Ravensworth

    David Graham with Rory Stewart MP dedicating the time capsule for Stoneworks Garth. Picture by F C Wilson

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    Keswick Community Housing Trust

    Allerdale Borough Council visit to the Hopes scheme

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    Trustees, community members and supporters at the opening of the Hopes scheme

    Picture courtesy of the Keswick Reminder, December 2013.

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    Eco housing at Findhorn, Scotland

Andy Lloyd

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Would Community Led Housing be good for your community?

Community Led Housing is about meeting local need, protecting homes for future generations, keeping communities together and helping employers retain staff.

Following lobbying from the CLT, Co-op and Co-housing Networks funding has been made available for the first time for the revenue and capital costs of community led housing. Combined with expert support from National enabling networks and housing associations the time has never been so good to get a scheme off the ground for your community. See many inspiring examples under 'What's Happening'


The objectives of the Community Housing Fund are to: • increase housing supply in England by increasing the number of additional homes delivered by the community-led housing sector; • provide housing that is affordable at local income levels and remains so in perpetuity; and • deliver a lasting legacy for the community-led housing sector in the form of an effective and financially self-sustaining body of expertise within the house building industry in England.

Key qualities - meaningful community engagement and consent occurs throughout the development process. The community does not necessarily have to initiate and manage the process, or build the homes themselves, though some may do; 1 £60 million boost for communities affected by second homeownership - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/60-million-boost-for-communities-affected-by-secondhomeownership 6 • the local community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes and in a manner of their choosing, and this may be done through a mutually supported arrangement with a Registered Provider that owns the freehold or leasehold for the property; and • the benefits to the local area and/or specified community must be clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity.

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