Croydon Agenda

The agenda for our evidence gathering session which was held on Thursday 24th November in Croydon is below:



10.30 – 11:00

Registration and refreshments

11.00 – 11:05

Welcome address

Tony Newman, Leader of Croydon Council (Chair of Housing Commission)

11:05 – 11:15

Presentation 1: Challenges for community-led housing, current levels of local authority support and recent developments

Nic Bliss Head of Policy, Confederation of Co-operative Housing (confirmed)

11.15 – 11.35

Table discussion 1

What are the challenges and barriers to the development of community-led and community based housing schemes? To focus on:

  • Challenges and barriers for the community led housing groups in engaging with/receiving support from councils
  • Challenges and barriers for local authorities to engage with local communities and support community-led housing projects

11.35 – 11.50

Plenary session with feedback

11:50 – 12:15

Presentation 2: three presentations of approx. 8 mins each (working titles)

  • Lessons learned from Somerleyton Road: ways of working to support co-production and participative democracy Dinah Roake, Vice-Chair Brixton Green
  • How and why Lewisham Council is enabling resident-led housing development Jeff Endean, Housing Strategy & Programmes Manager, Lewisham Council
  • How community-led and community-based Co-operative housing schemes in Wales can be supported in the current climate, and the opportunities available David Palmer, Wales Co-operative Centre

12.15 – 12:45

Table discussion 2

What projects have been successful in overcoming these barriers? What opportunities are there to develop or support new schemes? To include:

  • What policy responses or strategies can be adopted by councils to support/ stimulate community-led and community-based housing schemes?
  • Give examples of successful projects arising from positive council action (to be followed up as examples of good practice)

12:45 – 13:30


13:30 – 13:45

Plenary session with feedback (top 2 issues from discussion 2)

13:45 – 13:50

Presentation 3: A toolbox for community-led housing

Jon Fitzmaurice OBE, Director, Self-Help Housing Network

13:50 – 14:30

Table discussion 3

What should the products of the Housing Commission be?

  • How should we support community leaders and councils to enable the development of new community-led and community based schemes?
  • What tools/materials/support would be of practical use to councils?

14:30 – 14:55

Plenary session with feedback

14:55 – 15:00

Next steps and close

Jamie Audsley, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economy & Jobs, Croydon Council