Resources for small builders

We've pulled together a summary of support available for small developers, housing associations, community-led housing organisations and self-builders.

Organisations are listed here to help with your own research, and does not mean a GLA endorsement.

Self-build advice and finance

Community-led housing

The Mayor is supporting the new Community-led Housing London Hub. This will be closely coordinated with our programme for small sites.

Community-led organisations can also get help and support from national bodies in the Community-led Housing Alliance such as:

Affordable housing

Development finance

  • The Government’s Home Building Fund offers loan finance for private sector organisations building new homes, including community-led housing organisations
  • The Housing Growth Partnership is a government equity finance scheme backed by Lloyds Banking Group and the Homes and Communities Agency

These bodies should be able to help you find commercial finance for development:

‘Social impact lenders’ work closely with community-led housing bodies and affordable housing providers. They include:

Planning and utilities

  • The Planning Portal has support, information and advice on all stages of the planning process
  • It can be a good idea to contact the local planning department and ask for pre-application advice, although fees may be associated with this.
  • Better Connected is a practical guide to utilities for home builders with advice on what to expect from utility providers and how to get the best result

Training, development, and business support

Professional bodies may be able to outline parts of the development process and help find professionals:

Further land opportunities

  • The Government Property Finder lists other Government land in several sizes, available for sale on a variety of terms
  • LandInsight is a subscription-based tool to help identify and filter sites to your own requirements, whether they are on the market or not
  • And of course there are a range of agents and auctions marketing sites


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