6.1. The development site or buildings

Whether you're wishing to develop in in an urban or rural area, choosing an appropriate location is a vital part of any scheme proposal.

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Choosing where to develop

Urban areas

In urban areas, available land may be hard to find, and if land is available it may require remedial work or decontamination. Existing buildings (or land where existing buildings were) can be developed into new homes. A CCLH group could scout round the desired local area and investigate potential opportunities available. Particular issues to consider will include whether a CCLH scheme will achieve planning permission, for which local environmental issues will be important factors, such as proximity to places of employment, local infrastructure, vehicle access, drainage and other factors.

Rural areas

In villages and towns in rural areas, there may also be opportunities to develop existing buildings or parcels of land. Other land may be available but achieving planning permission for it may be challenging. Some local landowners may particularly support the idea of locally based CCLH and may be prepared to sell land at sub-market rates. If it is possible to achieve planning permission for CCLH schemes on agricultural land, its value is considerably increased, meaning that land owners can realise a higher value for it.

Planning permission

Obtaining planning permission is an important part of developing a CCLH scheme, particularly on greenfield sites or where change of use is required. A housing association or other development partner will usually be well versed in what is necessary to achieve planning permission.