The Crystal Palace CLT won a council-run competition to develop a site in Upper Norwood known as The Lawns
Brick by Brick, Croydon council’s housebuilding operation, is to help a community land trust (CLT) in the south London borough build affordable homes on vacant land owned by the local authority.
The Crystal Palace CLT won a council-run competition to develop a site in Upper Norwood known as The Lawns (pictured).
The number and type of homes as well as their design and layout will be fleshed out before the scheme is submitted for planning.
The bid said the homes would aim to meet Passivhaus building standards and feature a community food garden.
Brick by Brick will provide the CLT with design and development support. The CLT’s members are local residents with experience in architecture, housing management, planning and sustainability and transport.
Colm Lacey, Brick by Brick’s chief executive, said increasing the number of community-led housing schemes was crucial to improving housing supply.
“We are delighted to be able to offer our support to help deliver the Crystal Palace CLT’s vision,” he added.
Croydon council said it planned to make more sites available for local groups to apply for similar community-led homes.
Last month a guide, commissioned by consultant Community First Yorkshire and backed by the Royal Town Planning Institute and others, was published to help planning officers work more effectively with groups looking to develop community-led housing schemes.