Community-led housing is about local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing.
It is a broad movement encompassing a range of approaches, including 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.
Community-led housing is providing hope to people in housing need.
The Community-led housing sector bodies have agreed a definition of Community-Led Housing that is based on core principles:
- A requirement that meaningful community engagement and consent occurs throughout the process. The community does not necessarily have to initiate and manage the development 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.
- A requirement that the benefits of the scheme to the local area and/or specified community group are clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity e.g. through an asset lock.
Community-led housing has many benefits: it provides additional supply that would not be available through the mainstream; mobilises popular support for new homes; helps diversify the house building industry; provides choice for older people needing age appropriate housing and helps people afford to buy their own home.
We believe in this people-powered movement and what it can achieve. And we are working closely with other organisations, particularly UK Cohousing, to raise public awareness, support groups to deliver and create better conditions for the sector to grow.