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Freedom of information request response - 05800

FOI request

FOI ID number
05800
Regarding
Community led housing
Request

The Government has given increased backing to community led housing, a sector made up of organisations like housing co-operatives, cohousing groups, community land trusts, tenant management organisations and self-help housing groups.

Does the council have any policies or ones in development to support community led housing? If so, what are they and where do they appear?

  • Since 2010 how many grants and/or loans has the council given to community led housing groups or organisations?
  • Since 2010 how many land disposals or leases has the council made to community led housing groups or organisations?
  • Do you have dedicated staff to support community led housing? If so, what are their job titles?

Our response

Response
  • Does the council have any policies or ones in development to support community led housing? If so, what are they and where do they appear?

    The Council received funding under the government’s 2016/17 Community Housing Fund programme. Following this the Council developed plans to use the funding to support community led housing in Eden. These spending plans were approved at the Council’s Executive in July 2017. The Council’s Local Plan also contains a policy to support Community Land Trusts (Policy HS6). This policy sets out how the Council will approach planning applications from Community Land Trusts. Future reviews of the Local Plan are likely to increase the coverage of this policy to include all forms of community-led housing.

  • Since 2010 how many grants and/or loans has the council given to community led housing groups or organisations?

    Since 2010, the Council has provided one interest-free loan and six grants to community led housing groups or organisations.

  • Since 2010 how many land disposals or leases has the council made to community led housing groups or organisations?

    No land disposals or leases have been made to community led housing groups or organisations since 2010.

  • Do you have dedicated staff to support community led housing? If so, what are their job titles?

    The Council does not have any dedicated staff to support community led housing. However one member of staff is responsible for the delivery of the Community Housing Fund (Policy and Projects Officer).

Response date
08 January 2019