People all over the country are talking about co-operative and community-led housing (CCLH). People in communities, people in existing community groups, people in local authorities, people in housing associations, people in the English and Welsh Governments. There are different ways to develop CCLH. That’s what makes it successful. It’s about people best meeting housing needs, considering local issues and resources available and using bespoke methods to develop a scheme right for them. No two CCLH schemes are quite the same.
This guide is aimed at helping community groups, housing associations and co-ops, local authorities and others in the initial stages of considering how to develop new CCLH. It is not possible to develop a CCLH scheme just using a guide or a website. Advice will be needed along the way. This guide will help people to make early decisions about what type of scheme can be developed, and it signposts to where further advice is available.