London Borough of Croydon

Community-led housing

We’re inviting local organisations to bid to develop affordable homes on up to 5 council-owned sites. Once built, the homes would be owned and managed by the community groups that developed them.

We will be visiting the Older Women’s co-housing project in Barnet on 29 June 2019, For those interested in seeing another London community-led housing scheme please book a ticket to attend.

Information about the site is also available to download below.

Bidders who make a successful business case will get design and logistical support from Brick by Brick, the council-created developer, to submit a scheme for planning. 

What is community-led housing?

Community-led housing is where communities play a lead role in addressing their own housing needs, following these three principles:

  1. Meaningful community engagement and consent occurs throughout the process. The community does not necessarily have to initiate and manage the development process, or build the homes themselves, though many do.
  2. The local community group or organisation owns, manages or stewards the homes and in a manner of their choosing.
  3. The benefits to the local area and/or specified community must be clearly defined and legally protected in perpetuity

The community-led housing group will steer the project by outlining their vision and objectives and be responsible for administration and decision making. A group may be:

  • responding to housing need or demand from the wider community
  • people looking to live together and build their own homes as a community
  • an existing community organisation looking to provide housing

A workshop was held at the Croydon Arts Store on 16 March 2019 for interested groups to find out more about the opportunity and you can see the exhibition boards below.

The application process

The application process will be through the GLA Small Sites Small Builders portal and will run for 8 weeks from the end of May. Bids will be assessed for viability, design and the council’s other community-led housing criteria.

When the winning bid is chosen, the successful applicants will need to carry out detailed engagement with local residents before applying for planning permission.

For more information on community-led housing and how to submit a bid contact Zohra Chiheb on


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