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Community-led housing seminar

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council is hosting a free seminar for anyone interested in community-led housing (CLH) on Thursday, 12 April, 6pm-8pm, at Driffield CofE Infant School.

Last year, the council was awarded £2 million of funding from the Government's Community Housing Fund to support local groups bring sites forward. Work has already started with a number of communities, but the council is hoping that the seminar will raise awareness of the funding further and provide those attending with an insight into the range of support which is available.

CLH is recognised as providing an opportunity for local people to meet the housing needs of their community. High house prices, second home ownership and an under supply of smaller housing for older people to downsize into are all factors putting pressure on the local housing market and means local people can't always access the housing they need.

The seminar will be run by START Regeneration, whom manages the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Community Housing Hub called REACH (Resource and Advice for Community Housing).

At the seminar, Start Regeneration will run through the stages of bringing forward a CLH scheme, from the initial idea up to management of the properties once they are occupied.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said: "There is a shortage of decent affordable housing in many communities across East Riding.

"Community-led housing offers the chance for local people to work together and decide what sort of housing is needed in their own community.

"This seminar offers the opportunity for people to find out more about the concept, as well as what funding and support there is available to turn their ideas into reality."

To register for the event visit www.reachcommunityhousing.co.uk/seminar or call START Regeneration on 07974724937.