Community Led Housing
Communityled housing schemes are increasingly being recognised as a way to boost affordable housing supply, have a positive social impact and put communities at the heart of decision making.
Wyre Forest Didtrict Council has received government funding to support the growth of community led housing schemes within the district. We recognise that groups will need financial support to bring communities of interest together, find a model that will be financially viable for affordable housing and most importantly, have the backing of the local community.
Grants will be available to support community led schemes in the district. If you are interested to learn more please complete the enquiry form.
What exactly is community led housing?
Community led housing is developed and/or managed by local people or local agencies who are not making private profit.
There are various organisational structures that can be adopted but governance should be overseen by people who either live or work in the area that will benefit.
Community led models include:
Self-build and custom-build
If you are interested in building your own home or having a custom-built home, please register your interest. All local authorities have a statutory duty to keep a self-build and custom-build register. For more information, visit the link above. You can also learn more about self and custom-build housing at the National Custom and Self-Build Association’s website www.selfbuildportal.org.uk
Community Land Trust (CLT)
Community Land Trusts are another form of not-for-profit community-led housing, in which local organisations, set up and run by ordinary people, develop and manage homes and other community assets. The Community Land Trust will aim to make sure that homes are genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier.
Wyre Forest Community Land Trust
Wyre Forest Community Land Trust is a new community land trust covering the entire Wyre Forest District and was formally established in April 2019. The Community Land Trust’s mission is to provide a mix of affordable and attainable housing for all, regardless of income, tailored to community needs and with a focus on eco homes and energy efficiency. Wyre Forest Community Land Trust is also committed to acquiring local assets and land important to the community for community benefit. The Community Land Trust are always looking for new volunteers and members. If community-led housing is something you are interested in, please submit a form via their get in touch page.
Self-help housing/bringing empty properties back into use
Self-Help housing is when local people bring empty properties back into use. The reasons for the properties being empty may vary, but the one thing they have in common is that a group of people with a shared goal will work together to meet a housing need for a specific community. This could be for something temporary like emergency accommodation or it could be longer term use.
Find out more at Self-Help Housing.Org
Would you prefer to live in a more affordable and more inclusive community? Every co-housing community is unique, but they will typically involve:
- Independent living with an element of shared resources; this might be your own home but having a shared space to meet, socialise and eat together
- Reduced outgoings; communities might have shared laundry facilities, pooled electrical items and gardening equipment. It might also have a shared playroom and toys for children
- Shared values; many co-housing communities have a shared ‘vision’ – it might for example be a community who want to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Example of a co-housing community (image courtesy of UK Cohousing network)
If living in a co-housing community in the Wyre Forest district is something that appeals to you, please register your interest by completing the community led housing contact form opposite.
This register is for the council to find out if co-housing is something that people living in the Wyre Forest district are interested in. In the future we plan to use this database to connect interested parties and provide support and guidance to individuals who are interested in taking their first steps towards a co-housing community.
You can find out more about Cohousing by visiting the UK Cohousing network
Wyre Forest Cohousing
Wyre Forest Cohousing is a local group established in July 2019 and they are currently looking for new members to help to establish the level of interest in the Wyre Forest. Early participants will have more influence over the development of the group’s vision and the type of homes that they plan to build.
No commitment is needed at this stage, but if you are interested to learn more, please get in touch via their website. There are also opportunities to get involved in group visits and training as they have a mutually supportive relationship with Wyre Forest Community Land Trust.
Co-operative and tenant controlled housing
A housing o-operative is a housing organisation where members (tenants) democratically control and manage their homes. Housing co-operatives have open and voluntary membership and are independent of external organisations.
The Confederation of Co-operative Housing provides further details on co-operative and tenant controlled housing.
Development Trusts, Settlements and Social Action Centres
These are sometimes referred to as ‘community anchor organisations’ and they can be involved in a range of community projects including social, environmental and economic.
If you are one of these local organisations, we can support you to develop a community led scheme.
If you want to find out more about community led housing in the Wyre Forest district or have a proposal you would like some support with please contact us.
A new Community Land Trust covering the entire Wyre Forest District was formally established in April 2019. The Community Land Trust’s mission is to provide a mix of affordable and attainable housing for all, regardless of income, tailored to community needs and with a focus on eco homes and energy efficiency. Wyre Forest Community Land Trust is also committed to acquiring local assets and land important to the community for community benefit. The Community Land Trust are always looking for new volunteers and members. If community-led housing is something you are interested in, please submit a form via their get in touch page.
The information you provide will be used solely for purposes related to developing community-led housing schemes within the Wyre Forest District. It is possible that your details may be shared with officers within the Economic Prosperity and Place directorate of the council who are working on community-led schemes. The personal details you supply will not be shared with any third parties external to Wyre Forest District Council.