Leeds Community Homes



  • LCH is a highly innovative City-wide CLH partnership, aiming to build or refurbish 1000 community-led affordable homes in Leeds over the next ten years
  • Operating overall as a community land trust, it involves self-help housing charities, a cohousing scheme and a range of supportive social enterprises and professionals  
  • LCH has a positive working relationship with Leeds City Council
  • LCH raised £360,000 through a community share issue in 2017, backed by national charity Power to Change
  • It’s first project involves the purchase of 16 new affordable homes in partnership with an eco-developer in Leeds Climate Innovation District, for a mix of social rent and sale at around two thirds of market value

Key messages

  • Scaling up community-led housing in a City with significant housing issues is an important component of Leeds City Council’s housing strategy
  • LCH is providing good quality, sustainable homes that are genuinely affordable and will remain so in perpetuity
  • Securing significant funding from non-traditional sources adds significant value to CLH development opportunities
  • Working with housing developers to cross-subsidise community-led homes provides CLH with opportunities that have not been generally exploited before
  • Providing a support hub for a range of CLH initiatives across the City is likely to be a key ingredient for significant growth

Find out more about Leeds Community Homes here.


Published in March 2018