NE CLH Festival

The North East Community Led Housing Festival is taking place Monday 29 Nov – Friday 3 Dec 2021 online, with a series of free online events, with a face-to-face networking event on the Friday.

The event is organised by the North East Community-Led Development Network, one of a series of community led housing hubs across the country set up to promote and support groups as they work to delver community led homes.

The 2021 Festival has themes based around empty properties, land & assets, levelling-up and the decarbonisation of homes, examining these in the context of community led housing.

Sessions are free and last for up to 90 minutes, and are chaired by a member of the Network’s Steering Group.


Monday 29 November: 10.00am – 11.30am
Creating a new life for empty properties

This session will explore how CLH is already breathing new life into empty homes and buildings across the country, drawing on the recently published Community Action on Empty Homes Toolkit.

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Tuesday 30 November: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Land and assets for CLH

A session examining how CLH groups can access land and assets. We’ll hear how the Church of England has re-assessed how it looks at its property assets through the Archbishop of Canterbury Commission’s Coming Home report and how CLH groups could get involved. We’ll also hear about the strategic approach taken in the Liverpool City Region to review the use of public land for community wealth building – the first land commission in England, publishing their report in July 2021.

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Wednesday 1 December: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
CLH and the levelling-up agenda

Anyone involved in CLH knows the role it already plays in making places better – but we could do so much more! How can we make sure that CLH is recognised by government, policy makers and programme managers as a key contributor to the levelling-up agenda? We’ll hear a national perspective from the Chief Executive of Local Trust and the local authority view from Durham County Council – a great combination!

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Thursday 2 December: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Decarbonising community-led homes and achieving net zero

Achieving net zero is top of everyone’s agenda – if it isn’t then it should be! There is, of course, a significant challenge in making all homes – existing and new – net zero, but CLH has proved itself to be especially adept at meeting this objective. We’ll hear from practitioners about how this has been achieved in CLH schemes and how CLH can lead the way!

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Friday 3 December: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Face-to-Face Friday
Venue: Ushaw College, Woodland Rd, Durham DH7 9RH

How can CLH help solve the housing crisis in your area? This is the question we will be posing to a panel of CLH experts from the region to wrap up the festival. There will be plenty of time to ask questions of the panel on CLH generally or specific questions which have arisen during the week. We’ll be re-launching the region’s two CLH support hubs – Communities CAN (North East) and Community Homes Tees Valley (CHTV)– and having some good old-fashioned networking over coffee and cake.

Places are limited to 40 so book early to avoid disappointment!
Book for this session HERE

For more information about the presentations, visit the Housing Festival’s homepage.

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