Affordable housing built by locals and for locals could soon be coming to Croydon if a new pilot scheme is approved by the council next week.

A report going before the cabinet seeks approval for a community-led scheme where the council invites local bids to develop affordable homes on up to five council-owned sites.

Once built, the homes would be owned and managed by the community groups that developed them.

Councillor Alison Butler, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes and Gateway services, said: “Resident-led community housing is part of the wider solution to providing good homes in our borough that are affordable to all.

“This scheme would help residents and community groups shape the future of their local area and give them a chance to offer different housing options in Croydon alongside council-backed projects.”

The council has already begun work with local groups, such as the London Community Land Trust and Croydon Citizens, to support their interest in creating a community land trust scheme for affordable housing.

If cabinet approves the scheme on Monday January 21, the council will encourage bids from existing local groups, including Croydon CLT and Norbury CLT.

Bidders who make a successful business case would get design and logistical support from Brick by Brick (BxB), the council-created developer that will complete its own first housing schemes early this year.

As well as offering professional advice on how locals can get involved, the council will also carry out initial due diligence checks on the five sites on bidders’ behalf, plus the community groups would receive construction support if their schemes receive planning permission.