Craven council has become the latest local authority to offer residents funding for community-led housing projects. The district council said it has received more than £600,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s community housing fund. The funding can be used to help communities establish themselves as community land trusts, to help with land acquisition and development costs, legal advice and professional fees, feasibility studies, marketing and promotion. The group must then establish itself as a community land trust, with the help of Craven council. The trust can then develop a site itself or choose to work with a housing association. As a trust, the community will be able to have a say on the tenure, size and scale of the homes and who occupies them. ‘We want to put communities in the driving seat and allow local people to have a say in their own housing developments,’ said … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart