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‘See for Yourself’ visits

An 18 month series of learning visits to community led housing projects around the country has now been completed.

Locality joined forces with the Building and Social Housing Foundation to spotlight new developments and has examined a wide range of  innovative approaches put forward by local communities, including:

  • modular-build houses
  • ultra-low energy developments
  • derelict property refurbishment
  • the re-use of unlikely sites such as office blocks.

Locality continues to support community led housing groups of all types. For more information, contact Lyn Kesterton

Below is further information about each of the projects highlighted during the visits.

allotments at LILAC in LeedsLILAC in Leeds, part of the visit on 18 May


Blogs and videos from events

The power of community-led housing partnershipsLeeds, 18 May 2016. An outstanding example of community-led housing against a backdrop of city wide action and local authority support. We visited the LILAC co-housing project.


Watch our short film of the Leeds event

Read the blog from Mark Ireland of Leeds City Council on turning empty properties into homes.

And check out Locality’s Lyn Kesterton’s overview of the Leeds event.


Housing: The next step for existing community organisations?Hull, 22 June 2016. Goodwin Development Trust has progressed from traditional community support activities into the provision of community-led housing as a registered provider; a great example of how organisations can develop to meet local needs.

prefab widgetPrefab community-led housing in Hull

Read our report on the Hull event: take a look at prefabs – you won’t believe your eyes!


How Scottish communities are driving sustainable community led solutions to housing Glasgow, 13 July 2016.

This event explored two very different models of community owned housing in Scotland: the oldest community-owned housing association in Glasgow, Cassiltoun Housing Association; and the provision of affordable housing in rural and remote Sutherland by Helmsdale and District Development Trust. Read the DTAS blog about the Community Owned Housing Solutions event.


Creatively tackling urban and rural housing shortages in Wales – Pontypool and Newport, 14 September 2016

An insight into the Welsh Government’s work on developing co-operative housing. Tŷ Cyfle in Pontypool is a housing co-op for young people aged 16 – 18. Loftus in Newport offers 19 cooperative homes with a shared space and garden. Read the blog about this event.


The importance of asset transfers to community-led housing projectsLiverpool, 5 October 2016.
Asset transfers have formed the basis of the substantial and successful Granby Four Streets project, while Progressive Lifestyle Solutions CIC is an organisation working to support men into independent living by providing them with secure, supported accommodation and wellbeing services. Read the blog.


Fighting homelessness; offering hopeLeicester, 2 November 2016. Different approaches to helping homeless people. Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council is building the biggest affordable passive haus community housing project in Europe. Action Homeless Leicester refurbishes empty homes to provide supported accommodation and resettlement services. Read the blog.


How communities can create housing on improbable sitesHastings, 8 February 2017. Rock House and the Ore Valley Project – both exciting and innovative projects providing affordable housing and workspaces for the people of Hastings.

The project is a partnership between Locality, BSHF, DTA Wales and DTA Scotland.


High ambition new-build CLH projects – Totnes, 15 March 2017

Read Lyn Kesterton’s thoughts on the visit on our blog.