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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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Why is community led development relevant and exciting?

Over the past 30 years housing in the UK has become 260% more expensive while wages have stagnated and low paid jobs have increased. The supply of affordable homes has for a long time fallen dramatically behind demand. Now government is seeking new kinds of housing delivery to diversify the housing market, and for the first time specialist revenue and capital funding is available from Homes England which is causing a step change in the number of community led housing projects coming forwards. Communities have highly sustainable visions of development which they believe are needed to meet the challenges of our times - providing community facilities to combat loneliness, improving affordability, embracing new build methods, combining food, energy production and community facilities – creating truly sustainable neighbourhoods. And enablers from the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Co-Housing Network and CLT  Network are here to help!

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