New Planning Guide to Help Communities Work with Planners

Community First Yorkshire and members of the ACRE Network have produced A Planners Guide to Community Led Housing as a technical support for planners.

People wishing to build local homes for those living in their community can now access online support to work their way through the planning minefield.


Community Led Housing (CLH) is a new development option which can help communities to plan and build affordable homes that meet the current and future needs of their community. Homes are owned by the community, and the community decides who lives in them.


CLH ensures the type, tenure and design of homes meet communities’ housing needs.  Drawing on the lessons learnt from others, A Planner’s Guide to Community Led Housing provides advice and case studies for those looking to support community led housing delivery through Local Plan policy, Development Management practice and Neighbourhood Plans.


The guide is for planners, local authority housing enabling officers and anyone supporting community led housing groups in England.


The guide has been developed by Jo Lavis MRTPI, with support from Community First Yorkshire and input of urban and rural planners, in partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), National Community Land Trust Network (NCLT) and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE). The development of the guide has been funded by Nationwide Foundation.


The guide is available for download upon giving your name and organisation: A Planners Guide to Community Led Housing.


If you need any further advice or support in Gloucestershire then be sure to get in contact with us:

Phone: 01452528491

Martin Hutchings (Rural Housing Enabler) – 

Chloe Maliphant (Community Led Housing Enabler (Stroud)) –