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Community Led Housing

The Community Led Housing team support communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to deliver their own affordable housing.

What is Community Led Housing?

  • Community led housing (CLH) is a way for communities to address their local housing need.
  • The homes are owned by the community, they are legally protected in perpetuity, and any future surpluses are reinvested back into the local area.
  • CLH groups are set up and run by local Trustees. Open and meaningful community engagement takes place throughout the development process and schemes provide genuinely affordable homes secured for local people.

Examples of Community Led Housing Types:

  • Community Land Trusts
  • Co-operatives
  • Co-housing
  • Self or custom build
  • Almshouses
  • Charities

They all follow three key principles:

  1. Open and meaningful community participation and consent takes place throughout the process
  2. The community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes in whichever way they decide to
  3. The housing development is of true benefit for the local community, specific group of people (an intentional community), or both. These benefits should also be legally protected in perpetuity

What are the benefits of CLH?

  • Affordable homes for local people, secured in perpetuity
  • Community owned assets and local area investment and reinvestment
  • Empowered and engaged communities
  • Increased overall supply of affordable homes

How does the Combined Authority support CLH?

The Combined Authority works collaboratively with community led housing groups, Local Authorities, developers, and other stakeholders.

Some of the things we can assist with include:

  • start-up grant of £5000
  • legal set-up
  • obtaining grant and loan funding
  • community engagement
  • planning, governance, and partnership building

Technical support from an accredited community led housing advisor is freely available to community groups from the early stages of an idea right through to the completion of a project and beyond.

The support the Combined Authority has given us with community engagement, funding, planning, and much more has helped to make our project a reality

Brian Connellan, Vice Chair
Great Shelford Parochial Charities

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