Traditional housing models aren't cutting it. A better way is possible.
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:
- Meaningful community engagement and consent occurs throughout the development process. The community does not necessarily have to initiate and manage the process, or build the homes themselves, though some may do
- The local community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes and in a manner of their choosing, and this may be done through a mutually supported arrangement with a Registered Provider that owns the freehold or leasehold for the property
- The benefits to the local area and/or specified community must be clearly defined and 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.
Every community led housing project is unique. Create the homes your community wants and needs.
Different locations. Different people. Different challenges. Different solutions.