Community-led housing in Waltham Forest


Community-led housing in Waltham Forest

Community-led housing is housing which is developed by, with, for, and controlled by community-led organisations.

There are a number of different types of housing delivery methods and housing ownership and management arrangements that meet the community-led housing criteria.

Council support for community-led housing

Waltham Forest Council recognises the role individuals and community groups can play in meeting their housing needs.

The Council has a community-led housing policy effective from April 2020 that sets out what qualifies as community-led housing (CLH) and how the Council will support individuals and groups looking to meet their housing needs through community-led housing projects.

More information and support

More advice and support is available from a number of industry, regional and national organisations including the London Community-Led Housing Hub which is supported by the Greater London Authority (GLA).

The government is supporting community-led housing through a Community Housing Fund, which for London is administered by the GLA.

Networking, news and opportunities

The Council organises Community-led Housing group networking meetings, which usually take place every six months.

If you wish to attend one of the network meetings please email:

The next meeting date will be agreed when the COVID-19 emergency permits such meetings.

The Council will be making land and housing development opportunities available from time to time. Some of these will be specifically for community-led housing, while others will be more general regeneration and housing development opportunities.

If you would like to be kept informed of Community-led Housing opportunities please sign up for the email newsletter.

Current opportunities

Pilot Sites for CLH

The Council has advertised two sites for community-led housing development on the GLA’s Small Sites Small Builders portal which can be found here:

The deadline for submitting bids is 5pm 11 January 2021.  Detailed information on the sites and the bidding process is available on the Small Sites Small Builders portal. Enquiries about the sites and the process should be sent to before 20 December 2020.

More information

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If you have general enquiries about community-led housing in Waltham Forest please contact us by email: