Community led housing

Community led housing is inspired and controlled by the community. Up and down the country more and more communities are successfully completing housing schemes that provide homes for local people.

The Surrey Community Housing Partnership has formed to promote and support community led housing in Surrey. We’re here to help communities deliver their own housing.

About Surrey Community Housing Partnership

The Surrey Community Housing Partnership is a new initiative delivered by Surrey Community Action. The partnership is between Surrey Community Action and eight Surrey boroughs and districts. It will support people to form groups and develop housing. It will help groups clarify their goals, access expert advice, secure funding and find suitable development sites.The districts and boroughs involved are Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley and Woking.

About community led housing

Community led housing is inspired and controlled by the community. It’s gaining momentum across the country with a growing number of successful schemes delivering affordable homes for local people. It can take many different forms but basically, it’s built by the community to meet the needs of the community and is not for profit.

We’ll be running events in Guildford and Leatherhead in February 2018 to promote community led housing in Surrey. If you want to find out more or get involved get in touch!

Community led housing includes:

• Community Land Trusts (CLTs) – Community controlled groups that can develop permanently affordable housing. The National Community Land Trust Network has a wealth of information on CLTs and what they can deliver.

• Housing Cooperatives – Housing that’s democratically controlled by the tenants. The Confederation of Co-operative Housing explains this type of housing.

• Self-build – groups building their own homes together. The National Custom and Self Build Association provides further information. Pre-register for our self-build forum later this spring here.

• Cohousing – Housing made up of private dwellings and shared communal facilities. UK Cohousing explains how this works.

• Self-help Housing – Groups bringing empty properties into use as homes. See for information.

Get involved

If you’re interested get in touch with our Community Housing Project Manager, David Cowan at Surrey Community Action via email or call 01483 447115.