When communities and future residents are at the centre of housing development and management, their creativity and inherent interest in long term value helps achieve more successful, more affordable places for us all.
Community-led housing shares the following 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 many 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 to the local area and/or specified community must be clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity.
Our map of CLH schemes in London shows a range of approaches including housing co-operatives, community land trusts (CLTs), and cohousing, which often overlap and respond to specific contexts and objectives. A determined and enthusiastic group of people is more important than any theoretical model.
benefits of community-led housing
- greater diversity of housing, alongside private developers or housing associations.
- increased supply, where a communities can help unlock sites that would otherwise be undevelopable.
- a greater sense of ownership and a more stable and supportive environment, as residents get to know each other, remain in and care for the area, contributing to healthier and happier places;
- increased confidence and empowerment for residents, with influence over their housing and realising a common endeavour.
- a unique understanding of what works for a particular site or particular group of people, especially in terms of affordability or older people.
about the CLH London resource and advice hub
We provide community groups and organisations with information and advice, capacity building, and technical support. We also help councils, landowners, housing associations, developers, funders and lenders with practical advice, and establish relationships with community organisations.
We aim to boost the delivery of community-led housing in London by addressing barriers to growth and making the most of existing resources, skills, and experience.
The hub is supported by the Mayor of London and several boroughs, and is hosted by CDS Co-operatives. Our steering group also includes the National CLT Network, the UK Cohousing Network, and the Confederation of Co-operative Housing.