What the development process includes
As well as arranging finance for the CCLH scheme, the development process includes:
- site or building acquisition
- site preparation and remediation (as necessary)
- designing the scheme
- obtaining outline and full planning permission
- assembling a team of professionals to deliver the scheme
- project managing the scheme
- contract management
- the construction phase
There are various individuals and companies who specialise in providing project management support to CCLH groups developing housing schemes. Those CCLH groups wishing to manage the development process in this way should consider guidance produced by ‘Locality’. Other national support organisations may also be able to provide advice.
A CCLH group may wish to buy and renovate or remodel an existing property or properties in which case how much any of the above applies depends on how much work needs doing on the property. There are examples where small CCLH groups have bought one property, moved into it on a shared basis, and done works needed on the property with members living there.
Top down meets bottom up
In the case of a Top Down Meets Bottom Up scheme or possibly a housing co-operative developing new homes, it is probable that housing development will be carried out through a housing association. The housing association and the contractors they work with should be enthusiastic to engage with developing CCLH groups.