Housing & land

Two-thirds of land in the UK is owned by just 0.36% of the population, and it is the increasing price of land that has made housing so expensive. Here are some options for taking back and getting onto the land, and ways that you can own your own home (by yourself or in partnership with others) without paying a private rent or a mortgage to a corporate bank:

Housing co-ops Housing co-ops

Own your own home in partnership with other people.

Community land trusts Community land trusts

Community-owned land and housing.

Mutual / building societies Mutual / building societies

It’s a way to trade – to buy and sell things – without official currency.

Self-build Self-build

Own your own home by building it yourself: there are many sustainable alternatives to cement & bricks.

Land co-ops Land co-ops

Invest in, join and/or become a smallholder with a co-operative designed to hold land.

Become a smallholder Become a smallholder

How to get a smallholding and navigate the planning system to build a home on it.

The ‘One Planet Development Policy’ in Wales The ‘One Planet Development Policy’ in Wales

Wales has a ‘One Planet Development Policy’ that makes it much easier for individuals or organisations to build homes on their land.


Escape the rat-race and get onto the land by volunteering on organic farms & smallholdings for food & accommodation.