Group Projects – Working with Others
A local authority responds to initiatives developed by private groups, charitable foundations or housing associations and seeks to support them where it can by helping them find land, providing planning and strategic policy guidance and introducing them to sources of finance or expertise to ensure their proposals can be viably developed.
- Take calls from groups
- Match them with demand
- Make introductions
Planning, design & finance
- Work with the group
- Drum up political support
- Ask about their team and finance – offer guidance
- Offer them a room to meet in
- Identify suitable land or refurb opportunities
- Groups build out sites
EngageTalk to the groups in your area, or those on your Register. Understand their objectives.
PlanningBe willing to spend time with groups that are newly formed so they understand the practical, financial and technical issues they will have to negotiate. Use the planning system to identify land that would be well suited to Groups.Click here to view >
SupportBuild support for group projects with colleagues and local politicians.
LandThere are many ways you may be able to help a group find a site.
FinanceHelp groups apply for Government loans, or introduce them to other funding possibilities.
- Does not require up-front financial investment – just your time
- Groups really struggle to get projects off the ground if there is no real site available, and many get disillusioned and give up
ADAPTING THIS APPROACHIn the UK, up to now, this has been the main way groups have been ‘supported’ by councils. But the reality is that a high proportion of groups fail, and this is not a very practical way of getting them to the build stage. If you really want to help groups look at initiating these projects yourself by identifying and allocating land specifically for them.
The model above is generic. In reality every project is different and you may find these Case Studies useful reference points.