On Monday 21 January, Croydon Council’s cabinet put a strategic community led housing pilot scheme into motion. This has followed campaigning from a number of groups including Norbury CLT, London CLT, Naked House Community Builders, Croydon Citizens and the National CLT Network.
The scheme includes, but is not limited to:
Developing a process for supporting community led housing across the borough, commencing with a pilot of up to five sites in 2019 for the development of intermediate affordable homes in partnership with development company, Brick by Brick.
Work with those interested in community led housing to provide advice and support on feasible proposals for community led housing schemes that would generate genuinely affordable housing that meets priority housing needs, and signposts them to other appropriate support and guidance as appropriate.
Considering the inclusion of Community Led Housing (CLH) policy in the course of the development of any future Council strategy or planning policy document as appropriate.
Click here to read the full policy paper
Croydon Council will open the bidding process for community groups later this year, and those who submit successful business cases will receive design and logistical support from Brick by Brick (BxB), the council-created developer that will complete its own first housing schemes early this year. Read their full press release here.
Tom Chance, Director, National CLT Network, responds to the news:
"The community led housing scheme approved at the Croydon Council cabinet meeting last night includes some of the best policies in the country and in future should help many more Croydon community groups to develop much-needed affordable housing with local control".
Councillor Alison Butler, Croydon Council’s deputy leader:
“Community-led schemes are part of the overall mix we need to tackle a nationwide shortage of good-quality affordable homes, so I’m delighted that the council will now help make this happen in Croydon. This type of housing is about giving local people practical support and encouragement to make their ideas a reality, and I look forward to seeing what bids come forward in our borough.”