£5k grants offered to community housing groups in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, has voted to approve the scaling up of community-led housing across the area.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 7:21 pm

The combined authority will provide start-up grants of £5,000, alongside technical support, to community-led housing groups to set up their own Community Land Trusts.

CLTs see local communities come together and establish a not-for-profit organisation to develop, own and manage housing provision for the benefit of the community.

The combined authority has a dedicated community housing team which can help individuals or community groups looking to start new community-led housing projects with practical steps such as seeking planning permission and obtaining grant funding.

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Mayor Palmer said: “We are pushing forward with support and funding for community-led housing across the region, putting power in the hands of more people and communities to design, own and manage their own housing.

“Community Land Trusts are a key component of our strategy to provide affordable accessible housing across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and we have a dedicated team helping to facilitate their establishment across the region. This model can work anywhere and we’re here to support communities in setting them up.”