Cannock Mill resident on site

What is community led housing?

Housing that has been built or brought back into use by local people

Thought house-building was just something 'professionals' could do?
Think again!

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:

  1. Open and meaningful community participation and consent takes place throughout the process. 
  2. The community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes in whichever way they decide to.
  3. 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.

Find out more

Learn more about the why's what's and where's of community led housing.

Success stories

Success stories

Different locations. Different people. Different challenges. Different solutions.