Chelmsford City Council

Hear experts on community-led housing

Chelmsford City Council is hosting an evening of inspiration for local organisations, self-builders and doers who are thinking of starting their own community-led housing group.

Community-led housing is a way for residents to create their own affordable, good-quality homes. It's designed and managed by local people and built to help the community, not for private profit. Often, it's specifically aimed at certain groups such as young people, older people or families, and can be built to sustainable, budget-friendly specifications.

Types of community-led housing include cohousing, self-help housing, community land trusts, cooperative and tenant-controlled housing, and projects run by local organisations. The homes that are built can be rented to local people at affordable rates or sold to generate income for the local community.

Anyone interested in finding out more can come to the Community-Led Housing Event from 7pm on Thursday 3 May in Room 221 of the Marconi Building at Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ.

Expert speakers will show attendees what has been done before and what can be done. Chris Carthy, from the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) in South London, will talk about his project at Church Grove in Lewisham and the educational programme that RUSS run for new community-led housing groups.

Also speaking will be John Lefever from the Hastoe Group, a social housing provider; local architect and urbanist Martina Javara; and a representative from Cannock Mill Cohousing in Colchester.

Councillor Paul Hutchinson, Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing, said, "Right now, about 1 per cent of UK housing stock is community-led housing, but the movement is growing fast and providing hope to thousands of people in housing need. This event, the first of its kind that we have held, is a great starting point for ideas, inspiration and practical advice. If you are interested, whether as an individual or as part of an existing community group, please do come along and hear others' experiences."

For more information or to register your interest, please email or call 01245 606677.

Monday 9 April 2018

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