Communities can collectively own, develop and/or manage their own land and developments through models such as co-operatives, mutuals, co-housing, self-build, Community Land Trusts, (CLTs) and the emerging Community-Right-to-Build, as well as self-build and custom-build approaches. More details on these are available from the support networks and organisations at the bottom of this page. Some funding may be available through our Community Led Project Support funding to help groups get started.
"I want communities of all shapes and sizes, living in the smallest of villages and the largest of cities, to have the chance to drive forward their own plans for the future of their neighbourhoods without being hindered by bureaucracy and red tape. The HCA stands ready to provide assistance to any such group and their website provides a named contact for each area who can help guide community groups through the process. This clarification and support from the HCA will be important to enabling these and other community groups, such as Community Land Trusts, to develop the homes that communities want."
Rt Hon Grant Shapps
The HCA is committed to supporting communities to deliver their own local housing and regeneration solutions. The HCA can support these bodies and schemes through our enabling role, and in some circumstances through our funding and land programmes. The HCA has already funded a number of schemes through our affordable housing programmes and innovative property and regeneration approaches, including:
Community-led groups have been able to access funding under the 2011-15 Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) and the continuous engagement element of the Affordable Homes Guarantee Programme. Groups can also now apply for the new 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme.
To help community-led groups and schemes to access this funding we have provided the following:
HCA criteria - PDF (170KB) - defining 'community-led' to ensure any additional AHP allocations are directed to the right places and schemes. Please use thse to help inform your initial discussions with your local HCA team.
HCA Application and TSA Registration Guidance - PDF (152KB) - for consideration only once initial discussions with the local HCA team are complete
A number of community-led schemes have already received funding through this route, either directly or through a partnership with a Regsitered Provider:
|Upton Pyne CLT||SSW||AHP11-15||7|
|Norton Sub Handon||SSW||AHP11-15||10|
|Upper Culm CLT||SSW||AHP11-15||12|
|Toller Pocorum CLT||SSW||AHP11-15||6|
|Upper Frome CLT||SSW||AHP11-15||14|
|Oxfordshire CLT - Botley||SSW||AHGP||6|
|Young Dementia UK||SSW||AHGP||12|
|The Glendale Gateway Trust||NEYTH||AHP11-15||2|
|Bomarsund Housing Cooperative Limited||NEYTH||AHP11-15||12|
|Stocksfield Community Partnership||NEYTH||AHP11-15||7|
|Adler (Jewish CCG)||NEYTH||AHP11-15||12|
|Goodwin Development Trust||NEYTH||AHP11-15||5|
|Home for Wells||ESE||AHP11-15||10|
|Grange Over Sands (Berners Grove)||NW||AHP11-15||32|
|Carlton Parish Council||MIDS||AHP11-15||11|
|Marches [Church Stretton Parish Council]||MIDS||AHP11-15||38|
|Marches [Neeton Ben Com]||MIDS||AHP11-15||2|
|Marches [Lyonshall Parish Council]||MIDS||AHP11-15||8|
|Marches [Onibury Parish Council]||MIDS||AHP11-15||6|
|Marches [Orleton Parish Council]||MIDS||AHP11-15||14|
|Osmaston Community Association [OSCAR]||MIDS||AHP11-15||40|
|Youlgrave Village Plan Group||MIDS||AHP11-15||8|
|North Kilworth PC||MIDS||AHP11-15||6|
|Robert Cokes Almshouse||MIDS||AHP11-15||3|
|Wilsford CLT (additional units)||MIDS||AHP11-15||2|
|Witton Lodge CH (BCC)||MIDS||AHP11-15||20|
|Dormington & Mordiford||MIDS||AHP11-15||12|
Other funding may be available through DCLG's Community Empty Homes programme being administered by a third party.
Any community-led groups seeking HCA support should contact their local HCA team in the first instance to discuss the scheme and how the HCA might be able to help. The key HCA contacts are:
East and South East
South and South West
North East Yorkshire and the Humber
Additional support is available from a range of existing networks and sector groups including (note: the HCA does not officialy promote or endorse any individual group or service):
You may also wish to consider how your plans fit into a wider vision for your community and neighbourhood. Support for Neighbourhood and community planning is available from:
Finally, there are a number of speciliast lenders and sources of finance that have worked with previous schemes and groups, including: (note: the HCA does not officialy promote or endorse any individual group or service):
Many of these sites also contain additional community-led development case studies.