Five community-led housing organisations are set to benefit from free support thanks to the Right to Build Task Force, which is offering up to five days of tailored expert advice to groups working to deliver their own group project. The Task Force has set aside funding for the work to enable its panel of Experts to support up to five suitable projects on a time-limited basis, at no cost to the selected groups. In terms of the Task Force’s fee structure, this advice is worth a total of up to £2,500 and will make a genuine contribution to facilitating the delivery of more Custom and Self Build community-led housing opportunities. The advice is offered completely free and would cost considerably more if the time were to be purchased an open-market consultancy basis. The funding reflects one of the Right to Build Task Force’s core target areas of growing community-led housing. The free packages of advice will support five groups as they progress to the next stage of their goal of meeting their own affordable housing needs, in their own way. Mario Wolf, Director of the Right to Build Task Force, said “The Right to Build Task Force is committed to working with more community-led housing groups. Custom or Self Build housing enables communities to build more affordable and better designed homes for local people, which suit their particular needs. “I would encourage all groups who think they could benefit from our help to contact us and urge them to sign up to their local Right to Build registers so that local authorities can take their needs into account when making land available through their plans and strategies.”
How can the Right to Build Task Force help?Advice will be tailored to the individual community-led housing groups, but could include:
- Facilitating workshops or training events to help build a better understanding of what Custom and Self Build housing is and how it can be delivered,
- Enabling neighbourhood planning initiatives, such as the preparation of planning policies and proposals and neighbourhood development orders to bring forward serviced building plots,
- Understanding local demand, selecting suitable sites and support in preparing planning applications and planning, and
- Advice on appointing professional services.
How to applyGroups interested in applying should fill in an expression of interest form by 31 July 2018 Download the form, here Include as much detail as possible to help the Task Force determine the viability of each project and its potential to deliver new community-designed homes. The Task Force will make a decision on which groups to support based on the expressions of interest received. In most cases the project or initiative will need to fulfil the following criteria:
- It will bring forward Custom or Self-Build housing,
- Is likely to result in at least five homes, and
- It will include an element of lower-cost or affordable housing.