What is Community-led Housing?

Community-led housing can take many forms, including housing co-ops, cohousing, self-build and custom-build, and community land trusts. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and many projects will use different elements of each of these forms as required. This page gives an introduction to some of the more common forms of Community-Led Housing and links to find out more. 


Housing Co-operatives

A housing co-operative is a group of people who jointly control the houses or flats they live in without actually owning it personally. The properties belong to the co-op as a whole, and the members of the co-op pay rent to the co-op. Decisions are made by the tenants on a democratic basis, and the co-op runs and maintains their housing for themselves. It's a way to pool collective resources to create a shared opportunity, and affordable, independent housing. 



Cohousing is created and run by its residents. Each household has its own private space as well as shared community spaces such as a common house, open spaces and places to meet, share and play, which are collectively managed by all the residents of the cohousing scheme.  


Self-Build and Custom-build

Building your own home can be an amazing way to get just the home you want, and typically self-builders save money compared to buying a home on the open market. Self-build might seem inaccessible to you, but it includes people who literally build their home with their own two hands, through to planning and managing the construction process for your own home or in a group. 


Community Land Trusts

A Community land trust (CLT) is a non-profit, community controlled body that is created to hold land for the benefit of the community. They can be used for any land, buildings or community assets, but because of its a very effective way of creating long term, community owned assets, it is increasingly used for creating community housing. Today there are over 225 CLTs in the UK, and have built over 700 affordable homes with many thousands more in the pipeline.