There is a lot of chicken and egg involved in developing the initial vision for a CCLH scheme:
- A community group may have come together made up of people of differing income levels with a vision for a shared housing scheme. Substantially differing income levels are hard to accommodate in one scheme and some may not be able to participate in the scheme developed.
- A Local Authority or a housing association may be seeking to meet some identified local housing need through a CCLH scheme. The circumstances of the people who get involved as founder members may change meaning that they move on.
- If it’s a Top Down Meets Bottom Up scheme, flexibility will help the community group take ownership of the vision and develop it in the way that is right for them.
- Dependent on the skills of those involved, consideration should be given to using skilled and/or external faciliators to ensure that meetings are accessible to all and as creative as they can be and not dominated by particular people or organisations.