In Creating Community-Led and Self-Build Homes, Martin Field explores the ways in which people and communities across the UK have been striving to create the homes and neighbourhood communities they want.
Giving context to contemporary practices in the UK, the book examines ‘self-build housing’ and ‘community-led housing’, discussing the commonalities and distinctions between these in practice, and what could be learned from other initiatives across Europe.
Individual methods and models of local practice are explored - including cohousing, cooperatives, community land trusts, empty homes and other intentional communities - and an examination is made of what has constrained such initiatives to date and how future policies and practice might be shaped.
"This book is an invaluable, up-to-date overview of the sector, demonstrating that it is a diverse grass roots housing movement, that if given the chance can offer an important alternative to our broken housing market." Bob Colenutt, Oxford Brookes University
Martin Field has been associated with projects in the community-led housing sector for many years, including research initiatives at Northampton and De Montfort Universities. He is currently Senior Facilitator with East Midlands Community Led Housing.
Chapter One : The context for community-led practice in the UK;
1.1. Brief history of CLH practice in the UK;
1.2. Policy intent and practical results;
1.3. The accent on ‘affordability’;
1.4. Contrasts with European practice;
Chapter Two – ‘Models’ of UK practice;
2.1. Self Build & Custom Build;
2.2. Co-operatives and other ‘mutual’ / ‘tenant management’ bodies
2.3. Community Land Trusts;
2.4. Self Help Housing;
2.5. Cohousing neighbourhoods;
2.6. ‘Low Impact’ settlements / eco-housing;
2.7. Intentional communities;
2.8. Travellers – highways & waterways;
Chapter Three – Shaping future practice;
3.1. Entering the UK mainstream;
3.2 Business planning within community / self build projects;
3.3 Strategies for wider action;
3.4 Concluding comments.