Foundations for Community-Led Housing
As demand grows for more genuinely affordable housing in London, and local authorities struggle to deliver with ever-decreasing capacity and funding, public sector appetite for innovative but financially viable housing delivery models is increasing. Some local authorities have turned to public-private joint ventures or development agreements while others have set up council-owned companies.
Community groups, too, are developing new approaches for both large and small sites. Whether new-build, self-build or regeneration, community land trust, co-housing or co-operative, CLH is owned and managed by residents and held to protect their community benefits in perpetuity. These schemes build more than affordable homes: they aim to strengthen community networks and cater to the growing number of older Londoners.
Schemes such as New Ground in High Barnet and St Clement’s in Mile End show that CLH can work in London. There is political will and often enough funding for delivery – what’s often lacking is capacity, knowledge and confidence within boroughs to advise CLH groups, and access to project management skills and start-up capital for CLH groups.
Starting in autumn 2018, Future of London’s new project, Foundations for Community-Led Housing, will showcase the potential of CLH to our network of public-, private- and third-sector practitioners, and help CLH groups and established delivery partners to work together effectively.
We’re keen to connect with organisations involved in delivering community-led housing schemes throughout London. If you have experience to share or are interested in partnering with us on this project, contact Amanda Robinson.