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Community-led housing

What community-led housing is

Community-led housing is not-for-profit housing built, or purchased and run by, local people in their own communities.

It is about local people playing a leading role in solving housing problems; creating affordable homes and strong communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing.

We have a significant and growing housing crisis in the UK. Providing more homes is a major government priority; and community-led housing is part of a national agenda. 

Community-led housing schemes are often small, but can create a big impact on individuals and communities; creating community assets and helping to support local economies. 

Basic steps to set up a successful community housing scheme

1. Email the Regeneration team or call them on 01227 862 112 to get started

2. Form a group

3. Secure a site

4. Apply for planning permission

5. Build and manage the completed development

6. Make sure the scheme stays affordable

Find out more about setting up a community housing scheme

How we can help you

If you have any questions, or want to talk about an idea, email the Regeneration team or call 01227 862 112.

We have been awarded funding from the government’s Community Housing Fund to support communities to deliver new homes. We're working in partnership with Dover, Thanet and Folkestone and Hythe councils to provide training, information and support, and help community-led housing groups get funding.

You may want to sign up for free training courses on developing community housing