How to get housing through planning: collaborate with the locals

London CLT workshop

Community-led schemes are getting quality designs built, says Tom Chance

Collaboration has been a lodestar of the construction industry for decades. It’s the key to building more homes, improving quality and workmanship, getting better design and almost any other goal you might think of.

Architects, developers, housing associations, contractors and councils are all encouraged to collaborate. But when it comes to local communities, they’re usually seen as consultees: people you get feedback from, or – worse – people who object to and block your project.

Community-led housing is giving communities a chance to collaborate instead. To take the lead in building and renovating homes, and to see architects and developers as clients and partners.

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