Sustainable housing

Sustainable housing schemes, designed and developed by the communities that live in them, are increasingly popular across the UK. They provide a brighter, greener approach to help address Britain’s housing issues.

Whether your scheme is co-housing, self-build, community land trust, affordable house or eco trust, Stephens Scown sustainable housing team can help guide your project to a successful conclusion.

Our commitment to protecting and sustaining our natural environment, and to creating better places for us all to live and work, ensures we bring a deep understanding and empathy to your project.

We act for community-led housing groups on a range of issues. We understand the ambition to create mutual and coordinated living spaces that have minimal impact on the environment.

From options and leases through to highway agreements, bespoke constitutions, planning advice and nomination agreements with local authorities, our expert team draws on years of sustainable housing experience to secure your objectives.

We can also help you incorporate renewable technologies, micro-grids and smart technology, with our expertise extending across the UK

So whether you want to understand the legal structure you need for co-housing, explore setting up a community land trust, or engage with neighbourhood planning, our team can provide the support and assistance you need.


Our sustainable housing expertise includes:

  • Co-housing and cooperatives
  • Community land trust
  • Bespoke constitutions and corporate structures to reflect the ethos of each client group, including rules for choosing members of the group and dismissal from the group
  • Nomination agreements with local and other authorities
  • Advice on smart grid, renewable technology installations and associated regulation including feed in tariff
  • Leases
  • Planning agreements and planning advice
  • Overage agreements
  • Highway agreements
  • Mediation on disputes within the group
  • Dispute resolution


Our sustainable housing experience

  • Lammas Low Impact Initiatives Limited – we acted for this self-build group based in Wales where each person acquired their own plot and built their own bespoke house. This work included setting up a new type of lease, as well as shared rights for common parts and a shared common house.
  • We acted for a co-housing group in the acquisition of land, negotiation of overage agreements, nomination agreements and easements to enable development of 36 houses and a common house, where each house owner is required to work for a given number of hours each month and meet regularly for communal events and meals.
  • We have supported a number of community land trusts in the acquisition of land and the creation of bespoke constitutions.
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