Community-Led Housing

Community-Led Housing: Training and Presentations

Community Led Housing (CLH) is about local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving local housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing.

As part of a training programme funded by the Nationwide Foundation and led by Action with Communities in Rural England, CFO held two CLH conferences in summer 2018 at Chesterton Community Centre and Radnage Village Hall.

These events explored the transformational potential of Community Led Housing and the practicalities of achieving a successful project – from finance and governance to community engagement. 120 people attended from a range of organisations and backgrounds, including community activists, local councillors, developers, architects and local authority officers.

Many thanks to all those came along for their searching questions, comments and enthusiasm. Some feedback:

  • Informative and inspiring presentations
  • Really interesting range of speakers and knowledge
  • Impressed by numbers (and range of organisations) attending
  • Well organised & informative conference, speakers extremely passionate about the subject area, very motivational
  • Brilliant meeting of like-minded minds. We are planning our own 100% permanently affordable development of homes using our experience of profitable housing development
  • Very interesting and informative speakers, very comprehensive presentations of ideas and data
  • The conference has encouraged me to work harder on CLH projects

Click on our speakers below for their presentations.

Chesterton, Oxfordshire event – 13 June 2018

Radnage, Buckinghamshire event – 25 September 2018

Charlie also gave an update on the Community Housing Fund.

Resources and guidance

Resources, guidance and toolkits

Useful guides & Contacts

Community Led Homes  the ‘one stop’ shop website for community led housing

National Community Land Trust Network

UK Cohousing Network

Confederation of Coop Housing

National Custom & Self Build Association


Self Help Housing

Click below for links to specific guidance on setting up and running a community led housing project.

Overview: What is Community Led Housing?


Community Land Trust:




Housing Co-operative:




Tenancy self-management



Routes to Delivery

In March 2017, Oxford City Council commissioned Community First Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire Community Land Trust and Oxfordshire Community Foundation to undertake a research project to explore how community-led housing could be delivered sustainably within Oxford City.

The final report is available HERE (appendices below)

Some key recommendations from the report:

  • Develop a strategy to enable genuinely affordable community-led approaches in Oxford and promote community-led housing within the Oxfordshire Growth Board and Joint Statutory Spatial Plan.
  • Apply to the Community Housing Fund (grant) to provide enabling support within the council for community-led housing schemes that are currently being proposed by groups in Oxford.
  • Include support for community-led housing in the Local Plan, housing and tenancy strategies, appoint a Councillor as Oxford’s community-led housing champion require larger sites to include some community-led housing through Section 106 agreements.
  • Set up a revolving loan fund that community-led housing groups can access for cheaper finance.

Appendix 1- Case Studies
Appendix 2- Feasibility Assessment Criteria
Appendix 3- Needs Assessment
Appendix 4- Toolkits and Sources of Information
Appendix 5- Planning Policy Examples in Adopted Local Plans2019-Appendix 6- Feasible Delivery Routes for Oxford 


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