The report also outlines how the advantages and attractiveness of the sector go beyond bricks and mortar. Most developments make provision for local services such as shops and pubs, and create open spaces. Local groups also involve themselves in training and job creation, and some work to reduce crime and promote community cohesion.
Despite the advantages the sector has to offer, it remains small, with only limited government support – the decision not to renew the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme (EHCGP) was a significant setback. However, there is scope for the sector to expand steadily. Whilst growth is likely to be organic and shaped by local circumstances, the report concludes if community-led housing is to move from the margins to the mainstream (without comprising its core value) more needs to be done.