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Community Led Housing Think Tank: Unlocking the Potential of Community Building

29th January 2019 - 30th January 2019


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The Government has launched a Community Housing Fund to support community organisations wanting to create homes in their local areas for people who need secure, decent, affordable places to live. There are myriad organisations keen to help. The Fund will help Co-operatives, Community Land Trusts, Cohousing groups, Tenant Management Organisations and other community organisations to house more people.

Many skills are involved in creating homes, including finding viable sites; empty homes and disused buildings; finance and audit; legal structures and contracts; planning and design; building regulations, access, fairness and openness; ongoing management. Training in these areas is crucial in order to be eligible for Government’s funds and support. The Think Tank will discuss these requirements and ways to access professional support.

There are technical barriers to developing homes and contributing to local development. This Think Tank will work through the barriers and help groups problem solve- it will present successful case studies, and discuss the potential of projects through roundtable brainstorming sessions.

One clear way of overcoming some of the barriers is to work in partnership with established housing associations that have, over time, built up development capacity. This can reduce risk and give groups the chance to learn while they grow. It will help community led housing organisations take up and use the Governments Community Housing fund.

Representatives from Government will attend the Think Tank, and help to clarify how we can turn policy into practice. We hope that Homes England will also participate as they will be responsible for delivering much of the Fund. Housing associations and local authorities, keen to support the growth of community-led and community based housing, are welcome.

Supported by of the National Community Land Trust Network, the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations and the Nationwide Foundation.


£150 per participant, including B&B accommodation and all meals. Second or further participants from the same organisation pay £100

There are bursary places available please contact for more information

Contact details:

Philippa Allard at Trafford Hall on p.allard@traffordhall.com or 01244 300246 for more information or to book of visit or visit http://www.traffordhall.com/community-programmes/booking/

Travel details: Trafford Hall is a short taxi ride (approximately 15 minutes) from Chester train station. Direct trains take approximately 2 hours from London Euston. Regular trains run from Warrington, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. NB: Please look out for other Think Tank participants when queuing for taxis outside Chester station to share a ride.



29th January 2019
30th January 2019


Trafford Hall
Ince Lane, Wimbolds Trafford Chester CH2 4JP + Google Map