Published: 16th May 2019

Saffron Acres in Leicester, the largest community-led housing project in Europe. Credit: Isobel Ashford (CC BY-SA 4.0) A third of councils are now supporting community-led housing development, new research has found. Freedom of Information requests made to all councils in England last December by the National Community Land Trust (CLT) Network revealed that one in three councils have given grants or loans to community-led housing, while one in six have specific policies to support it. In total, 208 public sites have been leased or sold to community-led housing groups, highlighting how authorities are looking to the sector to build new homes or bring old properties back into use. Tom Chance, director at the National CLT Network, said: ‘Our research highlights the growing interest in community-led housing in local government. With budgets stretched more councils are looking for new ways to solve local housing problems and help … (To read the full article, subscribe below)