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‘Getting it Built’ at the Design Council London

A combined effort between the UK Cohousing Network, the Community Land Trust (CLT) and Locality brought together a large range of participants, all united around an interest in community-led housing models. This well-structured one day conference programme was free, its value augmented by an invigorating quick-pace delivery, excellent time-keeping and a first-class lunch.

Getting it Built conference at Design Council London

The East London CLT and the Ashley Vale self-build project (Bristol) presented inspirational case-studies. and we had the benefit of a masterly over-view of the different models from Stephen Hill of C20 FuturePlanners .  GLA delivered the low-down on the ‘ins and outs of the £17m Community Led Project Support Fund’ plus a plea for more small projects to apply for funding. We heard from Brad Smith how Brixton Council is working with locals to turn around a small deprived and crime-ridden locality.

The rest of the day offered a choice of Master Classes on such themes as ‘Considering organisational issues’, ‘Working with partners’, ‘Where does the money come from?’ and ‘Technical issues including design and planning’. All extremely useful and tailored to the needs of community groups.  Cohousing Woodsdie was represented by Maria, Jill and Hinchee.  The conference has certainly given us food for thought. 

The day was a valuable opportunity to network and to appreciate the rich variety of approaches to some core values around community control and grass-roots organising.

For access to the various presentations, see: http://www.cohousing.org.uk/news/856/getting-it-built-event-resources



For those interested in getting cohousing off the ground this is a must.  This free event will be run in several UK regions, including London (Fri 29 November 2103).

A joint initiative from the UK Cohousing Network, Locality and the National Community Land Trust Network, the day-long workshop offers case-studies from around the country, expert master-classes on governance, legal issues, planning and land acquisition, partnerships, funding and finance and the different community-led housing models.

Case studies of the events held so far are available on:


An important feature will be advice on using the new £14m Community Led Project Support Funding announced by the Homes & Communities Agency and GLA in March this year. It offers 90% funding to help groups set up eligible community organisations, work up development proposals, consult with the local community and submit a Community Right to Build Order or progress a community led development via the traditional planning application route.  Organisations in London will need to apply to the GLA via an e-mail link (crtb@london.gov.uk). The fund closes in March 2015.  Click here for application guidance: