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‘See for Yourself’ visits

Locality is joining forces with the Building and Social Housing Foundation to spotlight new community-led housing developments by running a series of ‘See for Yourself’ events.

Each visit in the programme will concentrate on a different innovative approach 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.

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

Anyone interested in attending these events should look out for booking details that will be included here in due course. Alternatively please contact .

See for Yourself visits

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 – an exciting and innovative project providing affordable flats and creative workspaces within a former office building. Find out more and book.

 

High ambition new-build CLH projectsTotnes, 15 March 2017.
Transition Homes CLT is developing 25 new terraced houses as a direct response to high cost housing in the region while Totnes CDS is building 100 homes as part of a wide-ranging development on the site of a former dairy. Find out more and book a place.

 

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