Thought house-building was just something 'professionals' could do?
Community led housing is a growing movement of normal people taking action and managing housing projects that build the decent and affordable homes that the country so desperately needs.
Anyone can start, volunteer and deliver a community led housing project. You don't need to work in housing, you don't need a degree in architecture, you don't need to be a builder. If you think a change is needed, you can lead that change.
Community led housing offers something for everyone
- For people on a range of different incomes
- For specific groups of people
- For people who want to rent or buy
- For groups wanting to build new homes or refurbish existing buildings
What it is and what it isn't
Community led housing is where:
- Open and meaningful community participation and consent takes place throughout the process.
- The community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes in whichever way they decide to.
- The housing development is of true benefit for the local community, a specific group of people (an intentional community), or both. These benefits should also be legally protected in perpetuity.
Community led housing is not:
- A tokenistic consultation
- A housing association scheme with the backing of a parish council or community
- A bog-standard housing development
This website focuses on six particular types of community led housing: cohousing, community land trusts (CLTs), community self-build, development trusts, housing co-operatives and self-help housing.