There are various roles that a housing association can play to support CCLH. The CCLH group and the association need to negotiate what roles will be played and how (even where the scheme is Top Down Meets Bottom Up).
Possible roles include:
- conceptualising the scheme, possibly in partnership with the local authority.
- recruiting founder members and facilitating the development of a community group.
- supporting the community group to determine how they will lead the CCLH scheme.
- designing the scheme and achieving planning permission.
- development of the homes.
- arranging loan and any grant finance.
- scheme ownership with legal agreements with the CCLH group.
- delivery of some housing management services.
The balance of how much any of these functions are roles for the association and roles for the CCLH group itself will differ dependent on the objectives and type of CCLH scheme being set up and how it has been initiated.
Fees and management
Where a scheme is being set up, particularly in rural areas, so that local people can have a say on what gets built and who lives in the homes, it may be the case that scheme ownership will remain with the CCLH group and a long-term lease will be granted to the association to enable them to raise finance and build the scheme. In these circumstances, it is likely that only small numbers of homes will be built in any one area and so future management is likely to done by the association. There should be clarity from the outset regarding what fees the housing association charges for development and other services.