Brighton and Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) wants to put housing development back in the hands of people who need it.
Brighton and Hove has huge housing need. House prices are out of most people’s reach and so are rents for many. Housing development is largely in the hands of commercial developers, whose interests do not always match those of local people. Housing associations were set up to meet housing need but have become hampered by legislation that makes affordable housing harder to achieve. The City Council’s own housing development is squeezed between competing interests and austerity measures handed down by the Government.
Our vision is of a city better designed to meet local housing and community needs by engaging the communities themselves in their development. BHCLT is being set up to support community-led development and affordable housing in the city.
The Community Land Trust’s primary role will be to steward land for community benefit. This may mean:
– acquiring or leasing land protected for community benefit
– developing affordable housing and other community assets
– supporting other groups developing such assets
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