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Community Led Housing

A community led housing scheme consists of quality, affordable homes to buy or rent. The homes are owned by your community – and you have a say in who lives in them.

Community led housing is all about meeting the housing needs of your community. Your community can build affordable homes for people who already live or work in your community or who have relatives living there.

Community led housing is a practical and rewarding alternative to developer led housing. With plenty of support and advice available locally and access to national funding streams, there has never been a better time to find out more about taking forward a scheme in your town or village.

What is community led housing?

• Homes built and owned by the community for the long term benefit of the community – whether that’s income from rents straight into the community purse or homes for sale kept at affordable prices in the long term.

• Run by a local, independent and not for profit organisation – often specially created for the purpose of building affordable homes.

• It can be building homes for rent or for sale, but whatever the housing mix, it is about keeping them affordable now and in the future.

• Ensuring key decisions on new homes are made by the community - from the most suitable site, through design, to who moves in.

• Democratic and accountable to the wider community.

Community Led Homes North Yorkshire & East Riding

They provide an impartial service which enables and supports community

 led housing projects throughout the area. The hub exists to;

  • Promote community led housing and its benefits to all potential stakeholders and deliver activities and workshops to interested communities.
  • Be the central point of information for the development of affordable, sustainable homes, throughout North Yorkshire & East Riding. In turn allowing community led housing to be seen as a realistic, viable and achievable option for housing and communities throughout the region.
  • Be ambassadors for community led housing, locally, regionally and nationally.

The hub takes a collaborative approach, working with stakeholders to provide effective solutions for communities to help them deliver affordable homes for local people. We do this through partnership building, connecting people, training and promoting action to build local homes for local people.

Communities across the region can access local one to one specialist support encompassing all stages of a community led housing project, from community engagement right through to build and live stage.  This enables communities to make an informed choice around all forms of community led housing and deliver the scheme that best meets the needs of their community.

The hub will equally support communities that want: to develop, own but not manage their scheme; those that would like support through development and to take ownership and management of the homes; through to communities who want the whole package of support, with the asset owned by either a housing association, or other appropriate body.

The hub also nurtures positive relationships with key public and private sector organisations, and other community/voluntary sector providers of support whose resources are essential to the delivery of community led housing.

We are currently in the process of developing a new website and a package of workshops which will be available from April.

However, more information can be found at the Community First Website but clicking here.

If you would like to stay informed about our progress, workshops or you are interested in working with us, then please contact us using the side box or the details below:

Sarah Hart (Community Led Housing Hub Manager – North Yorkshire & East Riding) 

Angela Walmsley (Community Led Housing Hub Manager – North Yorkshire & East Riding) 

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