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.

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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
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