Our roots

CHP was established in March 2002 to meet local housing need by providing affordable homes for rent.

We started managing around 7,000 existing  homes which were transferred to us by Chelmsford Borough Council, along with a small number of their employees.

From the start, our focus has always been on people, the people that live in our homes and the communities we serve, and our own people at CHP.

Whilst our passion for people remains the same today and we continue to be a locally managed and governed housing provider, there have been significant changes. Our structure and how we're governed have evolved to enable our ambitious plans of providing more affordable homes and to make sure we maintain high standards.

We now manage over 11,500 homes and provide services for over 27,000 customers in the eastern region of England. Since May 2019 we have been listed on the FCA register as a Community Benefit Society, which means we operate for the benefit of the wider community and re-invest our profits in the community.

Our timeline


We took management of our first new shared ownership homes, helping people take their first steps on the housing ladder.


We completed the build of our first new development, creating homes for social rent and shared ownership.


We opened our Parkside Community Hub in North Chelmsford. The Hub offers training and advice for CHP customers and other local people.


We launched a secure area on our website, allowing customers to view their account details online.


Our new head office, Myriad House, was opened in Chelmsford.


We built our 2000th new home. The following year we were named one of the 50 biggest builders in the country by Inside Housing.


We were named as one of the 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work for by The Sunday Times.


We celebrated our 10,000th home.


We started managing more new homes as part of our partnership with Legal & General Affordable Homes.