Partnership working to provide affordable, sustainable homes

Over the last few months we have been running a series of workshops taking you through the various stages of community led housing from the basics of what community led housing is, right through to living in and managing your homes.

In last month’s workshop, we explored the build stage, with presenters from Lune Valley Community Land Trust, Lancaster Cohousing, Tyson Construction and South Lakes Housing joining us to talk about partnership working and building to Passivhaus standards.

In the workshop Charles Ainger, Chair of Lune Valley CLT spoke about the Mill Lane Community Homes development. Developed in partnership with South Lakes Housing, and strongly supported by Lancaster City Council, Mill Lane Community Homes comprises 20 affordable homes all built to Passivhaus standards, and is a great example of how affordable housing can be delivered by and for the benefit of the community. Charles spoke about the importance of partnership working and choosing partners who share your overall vision and objectives. He felt that this shared vision was the key to Lune Valley CLT’s successful partnership with Tyson Construction and South Lakes Housing. We heard also about the hard work Tyson Construction put into training and upskilling workers and apprentices throughout the project, and the importance of effective partnership working, particularly with education providers, to achieve this.

You can find out more about the importance of partnership working, the community-led housing process and building to Passivhaus standards in this inspiring video from Lune Valley CLT.

In our next workshop, we will be looking at the final stage of community led housing, once the project is complete and people start to live in the properties. The workshop takes place online on Tuesday 12 July, from 7:00 to 8:30pm. You can find out more and book your place here.