Local authorities can provide valuable support to CCLH developments, and it doesn’t necessary have to be financial. Depending on the stage of the CCLH scheme the level of support required can vary greatly. For example, a community group in the early stages of development may require just a simple discussion about how CCLH fits in with their housing strategy.
Examples of support
Local authorities can provide various support to CCLH schemes:
- They can discuss how and if CCLH schemes fit in with their housing strategy.
- They can help identify potential sites for development and help explain the local planning context and requirements.
- They can use their housing advice service and their custom build register to identify potential CCLH founder members.
- They can facilitate and support partnerships between community groups and housing associations. They can encourage housing association partners to make a development scheme they are developing CCLH.
- Councils may be able to assist in working out how to finance CCLH schemes.
- Councils can adopt active strategies to support CCLH schemes. In some cases, the local authority can decide that local needs could be met through a CCLH scheme and their officers can actively generate schemes e.g. the section 106 requirement could be met through a CCLH scheme.
- Where local authorities have developed their own housing companies to build new homes, they can develop CCLH schemes through them.