Getting started

Community-led housing involves local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving housing problems.

To help you get started on this journey we can answer all your questions and assist you to find ways to create genuinely affordable homes and strong communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing.

Understanding your options

Community-led housing is a broad movement encompassing a range of approaches. These can include Community Land Trusts (CLTs), cooperatives, cohousing, self-help housing and group self-build, and can involve new build, regeneration or the use of existing buildings.

We will support you throughout your project with independent advice, enabling you to make informed choices by providing a full suite of processes, tools and options. This includes carrying out independent Housing Needs Surveys.


next steps

Once you have a scheme in mind, we will provide you with all the training you need on issues of governance, management, development and community organisation.

We don’t pretend it will all be plain sailing but we can act as an intermediary between professionals, local authorities and community groups, facilitating understanding, constructive discussion and decision making.

On top of this, we can provide access to a range of technical support professionals and finally, we will share good practice so you can learn from example. This makes it easier for you to emulate successful projects and be better informed if you face any hurdles.