Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to survey housing need and housing conditions in their boroughs or districts. Their strategies for housing are intended to set out how people in housing need will be housed. Local authorities can include CCLH in their housing strategies.
Why would a local authority want to support CCLH?
There may be various reasons why local authorities might want to support CCLH schemes:
- CCLH can help local authorities meet their affordable housing objectives.
- CCLH may potentially unlock small tricky sites that are not attractive to developers.
- CCLH may enable denser development because of the collective approach to shared and communal space.
- CCLH may enable bringing empty homes back into use.
- CCLH schemes help to develop supportive and cohesive communities, contributing to the Well-being of Future Generation (Wales) Act 2015 goals.
- By developing schemes as CCLH, local people may be supportive that new homes are developed. In some cases, CCLH schemes have developed homes where otherwise people would have protested against new development.
- CCLH can generate good local publicity for local authorities.
- Research shows that CCLH schemes develop mutually supportive communities, particularly for older people, potentially resulting in lower social care costs.
- National CCLH funding may be available.
- CCLH generally harnesses people’s drive and energy and potentially their access to finance.