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Community Housing Land Remediation Fund

We have launched a Community Housing Land Remediation Fund. The aim is to support the development of new community-led affordable housing. The £1m fund was created to tackle expensive-to-develop sites that communities want to see turned into affordable housing to meet the local need in their area.

Cornwall has an excellent track-record of providing such developments. Many sites considered by community organisations have high associated costs which may mean they cannot be developed without financial assistance. Our Community Housing Remediation Fund can be used to get these sites ready for development. This could involve tackling issues like unstable ground conditions, soil contamination or flood risk. By working in partnership, we are able to make affordable community-led developments a reality.

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The Community Housing Land Remediation Fund is now open for bids from local Community Land Trusts and other community-led housing organisations. Eligible projects can include a mix of affordable housing tenure types such as shared ownership, shared equity, affordable rent, intermediate rent and intermediate sale. Where schemes are being delivered by a Registered Provider on a community's behalf, they must be able to demonstrate genuine community engagement and support for the project.

Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate that they have a robust business case, detailing the amount of funding required to unlock the site, the planning status of the proposal, the security the group has on the land, and the extent of the works planned or required.  

  • Grants may be awarded to assist with resolving specific land/site remediation issues that prevent the delivery of new affordable housing. Eligible costs may include: abnormal ground conditions, unstable slopes and retaining walls, subsidence, attenuating flood risk, disused mine workings, soil contamination and stabilisation of historic structures – all subject to evidence of cost. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and subject to evidence and value for money etc., the Council may consider supporting any quantifiable site abnormal/land remediation issue.
  • Grants will be paid in advance on the basis of agreed cost estimates (supported by evidence), with a clawback in the event that final scheme costs are less than the estimated costs.
  • The fund will be administered on a ‘first come, first served basis’, until the fund has been fully committed.  All applications will be expected to demonstrate good value for money and have the support of the Council’s Affordable Housing Team (in terms of meeting a local need for provision of new affordable homes). 
  • The grant will be awarded to cover all/part of the costs associated with remediating the site/land.  It cannot be used for construction or any other purpose and therefore traditional development and long-term finance will also be required. 
  • Applications will be expected to demonstrate a viable business case for the overall development scheme – applications that demonstrate the business case for the remediation element of the scheme alone will not be supported.
  • Allocations will be made as non-repayable grant funding, and may only be to a properly constituted community housing organisation (such as a local CLT). 
  • Subject to approval on a case-by-case basis, this fund may be used in combination with other grant funding from the Council/Homes England – and the Council’s CLT Revolving Loan Fund.  The Council reserves the right however to request an element of match-funding to be provided by the community organisation/delivery on accordance with specific criteria/timescales etc. in order to release the funds.
  • Grants will be secured through an appropriate legal agreement.

if you would like more information on the CLT Revolving Loan Fund, or to discuss a proposal please contact the Rural Housing Enabler:

Telephone: 01872 326353        
Email: affordablehousing@cornwall.gov.uk     

The following supporting documents are available to download: