Chelmsford City Council

Community-led housing

Community-led housing is where local people and groups help to design and deliver new housing, without profiting from it. They can build housing to help the local community and often include features like gardens, allotments and shared cooking and eating spaces.


There are a range of different delivery models.

Community land trusts

These are groups which involve local people throughout the whole process. They can help to include the housing type and location.

They will often own and manage the housing a long-term basis to make sure they stay affordable.


These provide self-contained homes for residents, as well as shared and community spaces. They usually have a common house with shared facilities for cooking and dining, meeting and play areas, and guest rooms.

They will often manage themselves and come together to make decisions.

Co-operative housing

This is a mutual society which owns or leases housing and then rents them to their members, who also manage and control the housing.

The members therefore act as their own landlord.


We want to promote and support other ways of delivering affordable housing locally, including community-led housing. In November 2018, £40,000 of grant money was made available for community groups to bid for. The bidding closed in January 2019.

We are now looking at the bids we received and will let people know about any further funding if it becomes available.

Community Housing Fund

Community groups can bid for some of the £163 million Community Housing Fund from the government, up to 2020/21. The fund is split into two phases:

  • 'Phase One' involves revenue funding aimed at capacity building and predevelopment costs
  • 'Phase Two' involves capital funding for land-buying and building community-led housing

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