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New co-operative and community-led homes

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The Confederation of Co-operative Housing, with the support of national English and Welsh housing and co-operative organisations, is pleased to announce the launch of a new guide on developing new co-operative and community-led homes. It is a basic guide for community groups, local authorities, housing associations, housing co-operatives and others who are interested in exploring the developing of new co-operative and community-led homes.

The guide will be launched at CIH Cymru's TAI 2014 conference in Cardiff on 25th March 2014, reflecting the current work being done by Welsh communities, local authorities and housing associations to develop new co-operative housing schemes. This ambitious Welsh Government and Wales Co-operative Centre supported programme is beginning to lead to the development of a Welsh co-operative housing sector, with a variety of schemes under development using a range of bespoke approaches and different tenures in urban and rural areas.

The report's author and CCH Chair Nic Bliss said: We published this guide to cater to the growing interest in co-operative housing we are coming across in communities, in existing co-ops, in local authorities, in housing associations, and in the English and Welsh Governments. Developing a co-operative housing scheme requires dedication and commitment, but the long term benefits to communities of co-operative housing are well worth the journey. It's a movement for change. It can offer community based methods of providing homes and local community networks and is recognition of the skills of local communities to help themselves manage their own housing solutions.

The Welsh Government's Housing Minister Carl Sargeant said: the Welsh Government is committed to developing co-operative housing in Wales. There is healthy interest in community-led housing and its good to see how community groups are coming together to develop housing solutions with local authority and housing association partners. The guide developed by the Confederation of Co-operative Housing will help community groups.