✓ Identify land allocated for housing in the Local Plan or Local Development Plan, and other possible sites
✓ Undertake a local site search looking for any land owned by public bodies such as the Council, Church or public bodies.
✓ Approach the Forestry Commission to find out whether there is any suitable land available through the National Forest Land Scheme
✓ Find out who owns any appropriate land identified and whether there are any plans for development.
✓ Appoint a small working group to walk through the area and assess the potential for additional sites for affordable housing around the community
✓ Print off several large scale maps of the village, showing settlement boundary and surrounding land.
✓ Be open to all possibilities.
✓ Advertise for sites using community newsletters, boards, shop windows etc.
✓ Use our 'Housing Site Checklist' to work through potential sites.
✓ Work with housing and planning authorities, developers and Housing Associations to establish which sites could be available for affordable housing.
✓ Develop a short list of sites.
✓ Are landowners of short listed sites willing to sell or donate land for affordable housing?
✓ Hold an open meeting or exhibition with annotated maps to share information, gather support and feedback on sites.