Community Housing Fund
A new annual fund promises to provide for more affordable housing to meet local needs through a community-led approach
In the 2016 annual budget it was announced that a £60 million fund was being created to support community-led housing developments. Now Malvern Hills District Council has been allocated funding to do just that.
The fund will enable local community groups to help deliver affordable housing on sites which are likely to be of less interest to mainstream house builders.
Contributing to the national effort to boost housing supply, this fund will enable us to work with local communities to build, collaborate and promote the concept of community-led house building.
Funding has been allocated between local authorities proportionate to the number of second homes in the local area. This fund aims to provide a range of genuinely affordable housing that will last. This includes rented homes that are not susceptible to the Right to Buy rules, and homes for those priced out of ownership.
Community organisations could be given control over assets and revenue and in return the community itself must be fully engaged and have a role in the making of key decisions. The benefits of new housing to the local area and community must be clearly defined so that they may be legally protected where possible.
Community-led housing is about local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving local housing needs. This approach can create genuinely affordable homes and strong communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing. Therefore, we are looking for views from local community groups, parish and town councils and district councillors in your local area.
If you have a proposal for consideration, please contact Elaine Salter, Housing Services Manager by the 21 April 2017 on the details below.
Housing Services Manager
Telephone: 01386 565241