Everyone knows that finding good quality affordable housing in London is a huge challenge. Community-led housing (CLH) has the potential to unlock hidden capacity and to contribute to building healthier and happier places to live. It can do this in a variety of ways
- finding sites that might not work for the wider market
- understanding what works for a particular plot, area or group of people
- tapping into the potential of people to come together to make an impossible challenge realisable
- communities leading change where other approaches might fail.
Having the community at the forefront of a new scheme can give it much more local support and reduces the risk of failing at the planning hurdle. Once built, CLH tends to provide a more stable and supportive environment – a place that is efficient and well looked after because everyone who lives there is invested in its success.
CLH offers additional capacity for London alongside large-scale builders or housing associations.