If the scheme is using housing grant to provide subsidised affordable housing, any criteria regarding who can be housed in the homes built will need to be complied with. The local authority will need to be consulted with regarding what that means.
The Local Authority may be prepared to negotiate about this, particularly regarding founder members, if they understand the long-term purpose of the scheme and how it will lead to housing people in housing need.
Those who have the most priority are usually families, but there are other categories of people who may be housed. For example, the local authority may particularly nominate people with a disability or a serious medical condition who may need accommodation appropriate to their needs (it may be a good idea to include at least some Lifetime Homes in a new CCLH scheme to meet people’s current and future physical needs; in Wales, Lifetime Homes standards are a requirement for all new build social housing) or existing tenants who are under-occupying their current homes, particularly older single people or couples living in family sized homes. However, people in housing need may also include those with multiple social problems, who may find it challenging to participate in CCLH schemes.
It is unwise for those developing CCLH schemes with public grant to come across in a way that suggests that they do not want to house people in housing need. Homelessness is perhaps the most frequently raised issue in local Councillors’ surgeries. CCLH schemes that receive public grant need to be prepared to house a fair percentage of people who may have multiple social problems and should be proud of how well they can help people tackle those social problems.