Home Farm Village Co-op and Cadwyn HA


  • Home Farm Village was the first Leasehold Housing Cooperative in Wales, where 41 social rented homes were completed in 2015
  • It was a pioneer housing co-operative for the Welsh Government, which contributed capital funding to Cardiff-based Cadwyn Housing Association
  • Promoted by Cadwyn as a housing co-op from the start, the design encourages community interaction with additional green spaces and lower boundary walls and fences
  • Cadwyn also worked in partnership with Cardiff Council and the Wales Co-operative Centre
  • Co-op members were recruited during the development period. Most came from the City Council’s waiting list and none had any prior knowledge of housing co-opertaives. They received over 600 hours of intensive training to help them form and manage the housing co-operative on completion of the scheme
  • The Co-operative has a renewable 7 year lease on all 41 rented homes

Key messages

  • Housing associations can successfully develop a housing scheme and then lease the completed homes to a new community-led housing organisation, with management responsibility taken on by tenants recruited from a local authority waiting list
  • Co-operatives enable residents to have autonomy, influence decision making by mainstream housing providers and have control over how their housing scheme is managed
  • Co-operatives can be a good way to increase affordable housing provision as well as boosting the economy and creating local job opportunities
  • Lower housing management costs may mean surpluses could be used to develop more homes

Useful Links

A Welsh Government press release about the Home Farm project

A more detailed case study about the project

More information about Cadwyn Housing Association


Published in April 2018