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Hampshire's Community Led Housing Hub Launch Event

Local people. Local Solutions. Local Control

On the 5th February, the Hampshire Community Housing Partnership launched the Community Led Housing Hub. The event was held at the Guildhall in Winchester and was aimed at anyone who is or could be involved in Community Led Housing in Hampshire.

The event was very well attended with a wide range of delegates, including local groups interested in delivering community led housing, parish councils, officers from local authority planning and housing departments, housing associations and architects.

Catherine Kirkham, Hampshire’s Community Led Housing Officer, led the event and introduced community led housing, the many different options and the support and advice available through the Hampshire Community Housing Partnership. This was followed by informative and inspirational speeches about possible routes to community led housing.

Adam Broadway of the Right to Build Task Force spoke about collaborative self and custom build housing.

Geoff Phillpotts from Wickham Community Land Trust, talked about his experience of delivering affordable homes for local people in Hampshire.

Maria Brenton spoke about the Older Women’s Co-housing Community in High Barnett and the obstacles they had overcome to deliver these homes.

Helen Bone from Homes England talked about the support and £163 million funding available from government for community led housing.

Delegates then attended themed workshops, for example on community land trusts, which generated discussion about how Local Authorities could support community groups.

The event was concluded with a closing speech from Catherine Kirkham and an invitation for local community led housing groups to get in touch.

‘the event gave me vital information , meeting the people I need to meet and listen to’ event delegate

If interested in finding out more about community led housing in Hampshire please contact Catherine Kirkham on 01962 857387 / Email Catherine Kirkham