Priority: Create mixed and cohesive communities.
CRHB supports creating mixed and cohesive communities across the housing sub-region while respecting our environmental assets. CRHB also responds to the diverse needs of local communities including migrant workers, Gypsies and Travellers and hard-to-reach groups.
What do we mean by a cohesive community?
In 2009 partners across the housing sub-region worked together to outline some principles for new communities, and how they contribute to health and wellbeing. Click here to read the New Communities 2010 joint strategic needs assessment.
Communities, as well as homes, are a major contributor to residents’ health and wellbeing. Good standards of housing are crucial. In addition, areas around homes, like spaces for meeting, moving through, walking and cycling and green spaces also contribute to a sense of place, belonging and safety. Housing associations and other landlords provide housing management and community development support. This in turn helps build communities, maintain good housing standards and resolves neighbourhood issues.
The New Communities JSNA outlined some of the factors to consider for new housing sites including:
- Plan housing and the places we live to reflect the changes that occur over residents' lifetime, so people are not excluded by design as they grow older and frailer or as circumstances change.
- Develop options to fund more flexible service provision allowing greater integration of new communities with existing settlements.
- Ensure community development roles are resourced, and that community workers are employed in an agreed and coordinated approach even if funded and managed by different organisations.
- Create a mixture of formal and informal green spaces. Community gardens and allotments should be considered, preferably close to residential areas, accessible, well-maintained and well-connected.
- At the earliest opportunity, there should be consultation with residents of new communities about the provision of community resources, including green spaces.
In October 2011, CRHB published Delivering Localism which sets out some ways social housing providers contribute to local communities and economies. The report, written by Colin Wiles with contributions from a range of local housing providers, gives a number of case studies from across the housing sub-region which:
- Build the big society.
- Give young people a good start in life.
- Help younger children and promote health and well-being.
- Put tenants in the driving seat.
- Support older and vulnerable residents.
- Provide financial advice and support.
- Help tenants into work.
- Provide homes and communities in rural areas.
The Cambridgeshire Quality Charter for Growth sets out core principles of the level of quality to be expected in new developments in Cambridgeshire. Successful housing growth cannot be achieved in isolation and it is vital that partners are able to work together towards common goals, sharing a common understanding of the kind of communities we wish to create. The core principles of the charter are
Please follow this link to find out more about the Charter in action and about the work of the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel.
Balanced and mixed communities
Previous research commissioned by Cambridgeshire Horizons set out some principles behind creating Balanced and mixed communities. Although Horizons has since closed, the report still contains some useful principles which are worth remembering in areas of significant housing growth.
Our housing market assessment
Chapters of our strategic housing market assessment bring together some good practice about building communities and an indication of the sizes and tenures of homes needed to support mixed and balanced communities.