As a member of Places for People Group we benefit from the support of one of the UK's largest property development, management and regeneration companies.

Who we are

We are a provider of affordable housing in the East of England. We provide independent self-contained housing for single people, couples, families and older people, with most of our properties available for rent. We also own small portfolios of supported housing, sheltered housing, shared ownership and leasehold retirement properties.

We receive external funding to deliver wider services in communities. We also deliver a full management service to the Josiah and Mary Brewster Charitable Fund, which offers almshouse accommodation in Blofield, Broadland.

  • We own and manage 3,300 homes across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire
  • We are a not-for-profit business
  • We are part of the Places for People Group
  • Our main office is in Bowthorpe Hall, Norwich


Year Event
1970 Cotman Housing Association founded
1975 Registered with the Housing Corporation
1981 Cotman Housing Services Ltd established to promote low-cost home ownership initiatives
1997 Cotman Housing Services Ltd merged with Cotman Housing Association
2009 Cotman Housing Association joins Places for People Group as a subsidiary - taking over management of all Group-owned properties in Norfolk and Suffolk
2011 Area of operation extended to include management of the Group's Essex and Cambridgeshire properties. This more than doubled our property portfolio in 2 years

How we're managed

We're directed by a Board of Management and work to the National Housing Federation's code of governance. The Places for People Group agree all our Board appointments.

Shareholding membership
National shareholding membership is open to the Places for People Group.

Community shareholding membership is at the discretion of the Cotman Board of Management and was open historically to anyone with knowledge, experience, skills which complement the aims of the association. We are not currently offering community shareholding memberships, preferring instead to work in partnership with any organisation or individual who support our ethos and/or wishes to volunteer in our communities.

Customer Annual Report

In this report, you can see how we have performed in delivering our services over the past year and how we have continued to listen to and support our customers.

Management team

Our management team runs the business on behalf of our Board.

Meet the Board

We're directed by a Board of Management and work to the National Housing Federation's code of governance