What we do
Hampshire Homes Hub – community housing expertise
What is community led housing?
We want people to feel secure and part of their local community!
Community is defined as ‘a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common’. In terms of Community Led Housing, community could mean a town, parish or village or it could be a small group of people who share the same ideals or issues.
We need innovative solutions to deal with the challenges of high house prices, the loss of social housing through the right to buy, planning constraints from living in mainly rural areas (with two National Parks) and to redress the balance of an ageing population in many of our most sought-after villages.
- House prices in Hampshire have increased by 18% since 2014
The average purchase price of homes in Hampshire in £318,000, requiring a salary of at least £80,000. Key workers that communities depend on, such as nurses (whose average salary is £23,000), teachers (£28,000) and police officers (£31,000), are now priced out of the market.
- In the last few decades the makeup of households in the UK has changed significantly
Large detached executive homes are often being built in place of smaller homes as they usually provide more lucrative returns to developers. Current trends however show there is a greater need for smaller homes for first-time buyers, young couples, families and those interested in downsizing.
- Local people, Local solutions, Local control
Community led housing is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as many people now recognise the value local people bring to housing development. After all, local people know their community better than anyone. Read our Case Studies here
- Community groups are able to mould schemes to fit their aims
Community led housing schemes can take a variety of forms, giving local people an opportunity to be flexible and choose an approach that is right for their community. Take a look at the five models of community-led housing.
- Anyone local to an area can be involved in setting up a community led housing group
This could be a group of residents, members of a parish / town council or a local church group etc. Schemes can also be set up by groups of people in housing need themselves.
Interested in finding out more? Our Housing team, provides guidance and technical support to groups throughout the process of delivering community led housing schemes. They can help you choose the right project for your community and give you the tools to make it happen.
You can contact by phone: 01962 854971 or drop them an email.