The reasons for setting up a community led housing project vary from group to group.
It could be that a local people want to bring more affordable housing to the area, or a parish council calls for a steering group to form following a housing needs survey, or a bunch of friends want to live together in a more sustainable way or in a way that protects their long-term independence.
While the motivations for a group forming may differ, each project can generally be broken down into five separate stages. These stages will be covered in more detail in this section.
This is when you'll produce your planning application. The application will need to include detailed plans for the homes and any additional facilities like common houses and shared gardens. Considered plans and significant support from the wider community will stand you in good stead for when you reach the planning committee.Read more about this stage
You don’t have to physically build the homes yourselves, although of course, you can! Just as with traditional housing, groups can hire a contractor to complete the work. Some groups also choose to partner with a housing association that will then manage this stage of the process.Read more about this stage