The Benefits of Community-led Housing

For many years, we have been championing community-led housing. We are currently working in partnership with colleagues in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to connect people interested in exploring options for community-led housing with experts that can help. The Collaborative Housing Hub, based in Oxfordshire and covering the Thames Valley, is available to support communities in Berkshire.

Many people across the Thames Valley do not have access to good quality, secure and affordable housing. While lots of housing development is underway, owning a new home will remain largely out of reach for many. This is particularly the case for younger people, single-person households and households earning an average income. Rental prices are also going up and up.

At Collaborative Housing we think communities themselves are best placed to identify their local housing needs. We want to encourage and support communities to find solutions to their housing needs themselves. From co-housing and community land trusts to co-operative and self-help housing, we support all kinds of community-led approaches.

The benefits are many, from genuinely affordable homes to more cohesive communities, improved well-being and tackling the climate emergency. Collaborative Housing provides hands-on advice, from exploring the possibilities through to the practicalities of funding, design and planning.

Thinking about a Housing Needs Survey?

By helping your community or community-led housing group understand the specific housing requirements of residents, an up-to-date Housing Needs Survey can help ensure that your new development best meets local needs. It can be the first step on a journey to new affordable homes.

Housing Needs Surveys are undertaken on behalf of Collaborative Housing by Community First Oxfordshire. CFO has undertaken numerous surveys and their in-house experts can simply and professionally take you through the process and manage the entire survey process. CFO’s rigorous approach and methodology will ensure your Housing Needs Survey can be used as robust evidence by a Local Authority when determining a planning application.

While funds allow, we are able to offer a discount on our Housing Needs Survey service – Find out more

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