7.7.2. Partnership approaches
Partnership approaches may be required as schemes become larger, more complex and require more significant resources to enable them to happen.
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Partnerships may be particularly required where public grant or loan funding is necessary; a local authority can use their borrowing powers to support a scheme, or a housing association can use their loan facilities. Partnerships can work in a variety of different ways, but they may involve setting up some form of joint venture vehicle and/or a Partnership Board.
Challenges with partnerships
Partnerships may compromise the community-led nature of a scheme, but the reason to support CCLH is for the many benefits it brings – some of which can be available from partnership approaches. The key to delivering community benefits from partnerships is ensuring that there is a clearly defined role for the community to play and their participation in governance of the developed structures is also clear.
Understanding the need for partnerships
Sometimes communities should consider whether their aims and aspirations can be met through partnerships. Some communities have wasted many years pursuing ambitious schemes on their own that may not be possible to realise independently but which can deliver the same or more benefits in a community partnership.
Examples of CCLH schemes developed through partnerships:
- Ty Cyfle – a group of young people working with a housing association to refurbish an empty building
- The Somerleyton Trust – an example of a CLT working with the local authority
- OSCAR – a resident led association working with the local authority and housing association to tackle the social and physical regeneration of their community.