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Guide aims to promote best practice in community-led housing

Words: Laura Edgar
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Community First Yorkshire aims to help local authorities support the delivery of community-led housing development in the region and beyond.

The organisation, which works with voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and rural communities, says that the guide draws on experience from urban and rural planning authorities to demonstrate how local plan policy and development management practice can support community-led housing.

It also highlights how it can be promoted through neighbourhood plans.

Leah Swain, chief executive of Community First Yorkshire, who commissioned the guide, said: “It was apparent from work in North Yorkshire and other areas that there was a gap between the ambition to provide community led housing and knowledge amongst planners. This guide fills that gap. It is written to be relevant to planners working in both rural and urban areas, but will also be helpful to other professionals, particularly those coming to community led housing from a housing or neighbourhood planning perspective.”

The guide was written in partnership with the RTPI. Chief executive Victoria Hills commented: “The community led housing movement may be small at the moment, but major growth is underway and planners need to be ready for this. We hope this document will inspire more planners to explore how community-led housing could benefit their areas. And show them how they can support it through proactive development management and plan making.”

The guide has been endorsed by the National Community Land Trust Network (NCLTN), the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE). Its development has been funded by the Nationwide Foundation.

The guide can be found on the Community First Yorkshire website.

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