Join the movement for community-led land and housing

3 May 2018

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) is holding its first General Meeting on Tuesday 8 May at the One Church, Gloucester Place, Brighton, BN1 4AA. 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

The meeting will be a chance to find out more about BHCLT, contribute to our vision and values and socialise with others interested in developing land and housing for future generations. There will also be a chance to stand as a Director of the Land Trust.

There will be a shared meal during the event so people are encouraged to bring food to share.

BHCLT was founded in 2017 and wants to put housing development back in the hands of people who need it. Our vision is of a city better designed to meet local housing and community needs by engaging the communities themselves in their development.

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust aims to:

  • Develop affordable housing and other community assets.
  • Support other community-led groups developing such assets.
  • Acquire or lease land protected for community benefit.

BHCLT is a central resource for community-led housing in Brighton & Hove, including housing co-operatives, cohousing and self-build projects, developed through local people working together. These projects bring more affordable housing to the city. Our work to support community-led housing is being supported by Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) through the Community Housing Fund.

BHCLT Community-led Housing Programme includes:

  • Housing Ourselves: Financial support through grants to housing groups.
  • Discovering suitable land and properties and helping groups acquire them for housing projects.
  • Connecting local people who want to start their own housing projects and providing them with expertise and support.
  • Raising awareness and building knowledge about housing with local people, the council and others who work in housing.

Rita Garner, BHCLT Director said: “There is currently an exciting buzz about community-led land and housing development in Brighton & Hove.

“We recognise that a wide and diverse set of skills and experiences is vital to developing the Trust. We would welcome people from all walks of life to join our friendly team of Directors and help make some of the ideas a reality..”

BHCLT is looking for Directors who can bring:

  • Commitment to participatory, collaborative and co-operative ethics and practices.
  • Willingness to develop a strategic overview for relations with the city’s neighbourhoods and communities.
  • A contribution of two or more years of ‘office’ to the Trust.
  • Time for 12 Board meetings a year; time to participate in subgroup meetings as they arise; some time outside of meetings to be part of a rolling programme of events.

Directors must be a member of the BHCLT. Information on membership can be found here:

More information on the meeting and becoming a director can be found here:

There is limited space for the meeting, so booking is essential, via Eventbrite.

We apologise that the venue is not easily accessible for wheelchair users or those with mobility difficulties. However, we will make every effort to help people access the event if they would like to join us. Contact to ask any questions.

For more information contact

Notes for editors

  1. Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) is a non-profit community-led organisation working to put housing development back in the hands of people who need it. It is one of over 280 Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in England and Wales. Find out more at:
  2. Community Land Trusts have developed over 800 permanently affordable homes and are working to develop an additional 5800 homes in the next few years. Find out more at the National CLT Network website:
  3. A national Community Housing Fund of £60 million has been shared between almost 150 councils to help tackle the problem of high levels of second home ownership in their communities. Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) was allocated £464,500 and the fund was in turn, awarded to BHCLT, which is acting as the lead partner in this programme of work, alongside Mutual Aid In Sussex (MAIS) to deliver the Community-Led Housing Programme.
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