Over 1,200 new affordable homes will be delivered across England with communities put in charge of where and how they will be built, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have announced.
The £4 million Community Housing Fund (CHF) programme helps community groups build homes in their local area by covering a range of costs incurred in the process – including renting the town hall for a public meeting, paying for searches, administration costs or legal advice, design work and planning applications.
Once planning permission is granted, community groups can fund the build through the government’s Affordable Homes Programme, a Housing Association or developer or via a bank loan.
The fund will help level up the country by regenerating derelict areas and delivering homes that are affordable for local people, so more residents can live in the places they love.
The new houses will be part of locally-based organisations such as land trusts or housing co-operatives meaning they stay under the control of the community.
Housing Minister Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP said:
“Part of our Levelling Up mission is to build the quality homes that communities want and need.
Community led housing is a great way to ensure local housing needs are met by putting local people in the driving seat.
It is about residents playing a leading and lasting role creating genuinely affordable homes which regenerate and restore pride in communities.”
Community led housing also helps improve the design and construction quality of homes using modern methods of construction and gives more opportunity for smaller house builders to work on projects, growing local economies.
Tom Chance from Community Led Homes added:
“Community led housing groups are rooted in their communities and truly understand local housing needs.
There are so many fantastic community led housing projects planned across the country.
This programme will help many of these projects come to fruition.”
The fund will help deliver 52 housing projects in England, from Cornwall to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Bradford’s Greenwood Community Led Housing group, will build 62 supported homes for people with autism, learning disabilities or dementia.
In Leeds, 34 affordable homes are being built to regenerate a deprived part of the city following extensive involvement of residents in the design of the buildings.
Today’s announcement follows the publication of the Bacon Review which recommended that reigniting the Community Housing Fund will create more opportunities for communities to build.
Full regional breakdown
|Local Authority||Organisation||Project name||Funding amount (£)||Postcode of project site||Affordable homes|
|Bristol City||Ambition Lawrence Weston||Astry Close Community Led Housing||21350||BS11 0RA||34|
|West Sussex||Angmering Community Land Trust||Mayflower Way||113770||BN16 4AY||12|
|Bristol City||Ashley Vale Action Group Limited||Bridge Farm||50000||BS16 1BQ||22|
|Northumberland||Berwick Youth Project||Old Grammar School||32000||TD15 1HF||8|
|Rother||Bexhill Community Land Trust||Cemetery Lodge / Turkey Road||109323||TN39 5JE||22|
|Brighton and Hove||Bunker Housing Co-operative Limited||Hinton Close||71743||BN1 7BT||10|
|Calderdale||Calder Valley Community Land Trust Limited||High Street, Hebden Bridge||37966||HX7 6AZ||20|
|County Durham||Canney Communities||Canney Communities: Project 1||44630||DL14 8QH||16|
|Stratford-on-Avon District||Claverdon Community Land Trust||Curlieu Lane, Norton Lindsey – Affordable Housing Development||47960||CV35 8DL||10|
|Cornwall||Cornwall CLT Limited||Ennor Farm St Mary?s Isles of Scilly||59091||TR21 0LP||12|
|Cornwall||Cornwall CLT Limited||Trekersby||49937||TR16 5AG||10|
|Cornwall||Cornwall CLT Limited||Gwennap||38499||TR16 6BD||10|
|Kingston upon Hull||Cosmo Community CIC||Cosmo Community CIC||51087||HU5 2DD||20|
|Eastbourne||Eastbourne Community Land Trust Limited||Bibbenden Close||71310||BN23 7HX||5|
|Stroud||Eastington Community Land Trust Limited||Eastington CLT: Project 2||33189||GL10 3AQ||31|
|Holmfirth West Yorkshire||EcoHOLMEs CLT||The Chippings||67470||HD9 1SX||10|
|Manchester||Edward Mayes Trust||Mayes Gardens||22176||M4 7FN||2|
|Sheffield||Five Rivers Cohousing Company Ltd||Wisewood Cohousing||62040||S6 4TW||22|
|Bristol City||Furze Co-operative||Furze Co-operative||78326||BS7 9UH||15|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||Heron Educational Foundation||Heron Homes Humbleton||15830||HU11 4NN||6|
|Wealden||Herstmonceux Community Land Trust Limited||Strawberry Field||122507||BN27 4RT||9|
|Liverpool City||Homebaked Community Land Trust CIC||Homebaked||22450||L4 0UF||8|
|Gateshead||Hospital of King James Gateshead||The Hospital of St James at Gateshead||191399||NE8 3PA||51|
|Bradford||Inspired Neighbourhoods Housing Trust||Greenwood Community Led Housing||330192||BD2 1JX||62|
|Birmingham||Kajans Women?s Enterprise Ltd||Kajans Community-Led Affordable Housing||67207||B18 5AU||52|
|South Lakeland||Kendal Almshouse Charity||Kendal Almshouse Charity. Romleigh Development.||34028||LA9 5QR||3|
|East Cambridgeshire||Kennett Community Land Trust||Kennett Garden Village||53525||CB8 7QF||60|
|Leeds||Leeds Community Homes||Mistress Lane||125000||LS12 2HL||34|
|Manchester||LGBT Foundation Ltd||Manchester LGBT Extra Care Housing||54926||M16 8AJ||103|
|Bristol City||Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust||Home Made||40000||BS7 9YD||5|
|Bristol City||Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust: Turner Gardens||Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust: Turner Gardens||45000||BS7 9YD||19|
|Wiltshire||Nadder Community Land Trust Ltd.||The Old Sports Centre||18275||SP3 6HJ||6|
|Oxford City||Oxfordshire Community Land Trust||Dean Court Affordable Homes for Rent||67375||OX2 9DD||8|
|East Hampshire||Petersfield Community Land Trust||Reservoir Lane||102045||GU32 2HY||12|
|Sefton||SAFE Community Homes CIC||Destination Bootle||82700||L20 4AP||187|
|Somerset West and Taunton||Somerset Co-housing Community Land Trust Limited (Somerset Co-operative CLT)||Wiveliscombe||182276||TA4 2NY||29|
|Devon||South Dartmoor Community Energy||South Dartmoor Community Energy/Teign||64845||PL21 0DN||30|
|South Tyneside||South Tyneside Churches KEY Project||South Tyneside Churches KEY Project||5000||NE33 5RU||10|
|Bristol City||Southmead Development Trust||Southmead Regeneration – Glencoyne Square||268205||BS10 6EU||95|
|Cornwall||St Ives CLT||St Ives CLT: Project 1 Old Vicarage Flats||30000||TR26 2DS||6|
|East Cambridgeshire||Swaffham Bulbeck Community Land Trust||Pony and Cemetery Fields Development||101736||CB25 0LU||18|
|South Oxfordshire||Thame Community Land Trust||Thame Homes for Thame Families||137299||OX9 2DR||31|
|Herefordshire||The Buchanan Trust||North Farm||28942||HR8 1JY||2|
|Maidstone||The Honywood and Douglas Charity (211272)||Honywood and Douglas Charity 23 High street Lenham||50224||ME17 2QD||3|
|East Suffolk||Ufford Charities||Refurbishment and Extensions to the Ufford Almshouses||7975||IP13 6DS||2|
|Rutland||Uppingham Homes CLT||The Badley Orchard Housing Development||22348||LE15 9EB||6|
|Bristol City||We Can Make Knowle West CIC||We Can Make good homes||75000||BS4 1NL||17|
|Chichester||Westbourne Community Trust||Mill Road Affordable Housing Project||62900||PO10 8TH||12|
|Cornwall||Wheal Luna||Wheal Luna||29925||TR5 0NH||4|
|Calderdale||Women Centre Ltd||Women Centre Housing Initiative||22191||HX1 1JN||23|
|City of York||Yorspace CLT Limited||Lowfield Green: Project 1||33595||YO24 3FH||19|
|City of York||Yorspace CLT Limited||Morrell House – Fully Mutual Housing Co-op (FMHC)||74154||YO30 6EZ||17|