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creating change in Devon

Catalyst creating change in Devon



creating change in Devon






How can our Housing Team

help you?

How can the Housing Team help you? How can the Rural Housing Team help? The process required to develop housing in rural communities is complex and time consuming. Robust evidence of housing need, a site with a willing landowner and with the potential to gain planning permission, and a scheme that will stack up financially are some of the key issues. Probably the most important factor for a scheme to be successful is a community that understands the benefits of affordable housing for local people and is prepared to get involved in the pre-development process and back the scheme. The Rural Housing Team provides a cost effective, flexible and responsive service which includes:

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Robust housing need assessments Information and support to local councils and local housing groups Site finding and liaison with landowners Public consultations and community development

You can depend upon us

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Innovative models of good practice with lasting impact Genuine community engagement and empowerment A trusted voice with a unique rural reach Honest brokerage focused on solutions Approachable and knowledgeable An invaluable addition to your team

The Rural Housing Team are committed to ensuring that our work is

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Professional and accountable Creative and inclusive Based on robust analysis and strong solutions Flexible and Client focussed Holistic and joined up

Our Experience The Community Council of Devon has a highly experienced Housing Team of committed housing professionals who have worked in housing in a number of different roles for many years. The Rural Housing Team have developed a tried and tested process of working closely with rural communities to deliver affordable housing. They have developed successful partnerships in many communities and consistently meet or exceed their targets for completions of rural affordable homes in Devon. Our customers include Parish and Town Councils, landowners, Housing Associations, Local Authorities and private developers.

Recent examples of our work Rural Energy Survey commissioned by Teignbridge District Council

A questionnaire-based survey in two Dartmoor communities to identify households in fuel poverty who would benefit from energy saving measures and to establish the extent of take up of new “eco� technologies and views on different methods of community energy generation.

Mystery Shopping Exercise commissioned by Devon Housing Options Partnership

A mystery shopping exercise to test the standard and quality of some aspects of local housing services

Village Housing Need Assessments commissioned by housing associations, landowners and private developers

Postal surveys to establish the affordable housing need for local people in a parish and the tenure and house size required and the general level of support for a small development of affordable housing for local people with housing needs

Community Consultation in Appledore commissioned by Tarka Housing Association

A house to house based survey to ascertain local views on prosed development of affordable housing

Catalyst: on brief on budget on time!

What others have said about us “Our RHE has been most supportive, her knowledge has been invaluable to the Parish Council and her willingness to help the council over hurdles has been and is much appreciated and as Chairman I personally appreciate her support and guidance”

“Helping to keep up-to-date with recent affordable housing issues locally and nationally”

“Independent voice - outside political process”

“RHEs are local brokers and honest enablers”

“ We gained an understanding of the process involved in determining local housing needs ”

Who is Catalyst? The Rural Housing Team sits under the Catalyst umberella. Catalyst is the in-house consultancy service provided by the Community Council of Devon. Our customers can be confident that they are drawing upon the experience and good standing that our 50 year track record as a professional charity and leading specialist in rural and community development has given us.

Find out more

For an initial, no-commitment discussion about your requirements please contact the RHE team on :

T: 01392 248919 ext 223 E:

This document is available in large print and alternative formats upon request. Please ring 01392 248919 Community Council of Devon 3 & 4 Cranmere Court, Lustleigh Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter EX2 8PW Registered Charity: 1074047 Company No: 3694095 VAT registration: 942 0496 27

Catalyst How can our housing team help you?  
Catalyst How can our housing team help you?