Community Led Housing Growth Lab - Learning from the Pilot

Publication date: 18 March 2024

Organisation: Community Land Trust Network

In this session we explored the findings from the 2023 Community Led Housing Growth Lab.

The event examined how service design and action research can create replicable patterns to increase growth in the sector and scale up community led housing models.

What is the Community Led Housing Growth Lab?

Following a year of reflection and research on sector growth and barriers after the Community Housing Fund, and the CLT Network's State of the Sector 2023 report, we developed the CLH Growth Lab as a way to develop intermediaries capable of growing more scalable forms of CLT projects.

Throughout 2023, the Community Led Housing Growth Lab supported three organisations to explore these models for growth. These models and services are designed to overcome the perennial barriers of finance, land, planning, expertise and community capability.

The three models explored were:

  • Communities CAN - how community led housing projects, councils, developers and housing associations can work together to address our declining highstreets
  • Middlemarch CLH - how the South West's successful Rural Housing Association partnerships can be scaled and grown in other parts of England and Wales
  • We Can Make CLT - how their Bristol based "suburban densification" infill method can become a replicable product which is facilitated elsewhere to meet housing need

The Growth Lab is a collaboration between the Community Land Trust Network and the UK Cohousing Network, and is delivered with Design Council Expert and Nesta Associate Steve Lee. We are very grateful to this programme's funders, the Laudes Foundation and the Nationwide Foundation, for their generous support.

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