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Seeing is believing with Cornwall CLT

On 17 October, Amy Hall from the BHCLT team went to a National CLT Network See it and Believe it event in Duloe, Cornwall, including a tour of houses under development nearby.

Established in 2006, Cornwall Community Land Trust is now one of the biggest in the country. It develops its own housing as well as supporting and advising the many other smaller CLTs across the county. Between 20007 and 2018 Cornwall CLT has built, supported or enabled 236 homes.

We heard from Director of Cornwall CLT, Andrew George that CLTs are trying to address specific local need in a particular way. He said a hard headed, pragmatic approach was needed as, “you can’t knit houses out of hope.”

George explained that in Cornwall there are more than 20,000 families on the housing register and many others who never put their names down because they know they will never get anything through the council. People need to be on the register to rent through Cornwall CLT so they have actively encouraged people to join.

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Community engagement and community-led housing

The session will explore how to get the wider community involved in your community-led housing project. We’ve invited two community organisers from two projects that are trying to build a community, not just houses.

The free workshop will take place on Thursday 27 September, 6.00-8.00pm at the Brighthelm Centre (Hanover Room), North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Sam Kinch joins us from the Heart of Hastings project that intend to build, purchase or renovate housing across the town that will remain affordable forever. They are using innovative approaches to community ownership and community-level social investment. Continue reading

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Celebrate at the BHCLT Annual General Meeting

Help build the movement for more affordable and community-led housing in Brighton & Hove.

Join us on Wednesday 12 September at One Church, Brighton, for our Annual General Meeting. We will also be celebrating the successes of our members in launching so many new community-led housing projects over the past year.

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Community Land Trusts (CLTs) act as long-term stewards of housing, ensuring that it remains genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier. There are now almost 290 CLTs in England and Wales, and the sector has grown six-fold in the last six years.

This is the perfect opportunity to get more involved with Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) and help shape our future. To vote in the AGM you must be a BHCLT member. Do that for just £1 here.

During the AGM we will be electing new BHCLT Directors. We are looking for a range of people to apply so please help spread the word. More information can be found here.

We will also be approving our collective response to Brighton & Hove City Council’s Draft City Plan Part Two.

After the AGM we will have a shared meal together at 7.20pm. Please bring food to share. Tea, coffee, water and juice will be provided.

We will then be celebrating the success of our new local community-led housing groups, hearing from some of them about their journeys so far. We will also be looking forward at what is next for BHCLT and our community-led housing programme.

Join us to get involved and help shape our future. Book your place here at Eventbrite.

Please arrive at 5.30pm on Wednesday 12 September. The event will start at 6.00pm at the One Church, Gloucester Place, Brighton, BN1 4AA.

We apologise that the venue is not easily accessible for wheelchair users or those with mobility difficulties. However, we’ll make every effort to help you access the event if you’d like to join us. Please get in touch on admin@bhclt.org.uk with any questions.

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Coldean Community ‘Have your Say’ Meeting

On the 28 of March we helped Coldean resident Ian Bailey organise a community meeting. The aim was to get locals together to talk about their area and how they’d like to see it develop. Ian and Dot (our Community Enabler) spent time flyering the local area and as a result was that 30 people came along to have their say!

Brighton & Hove City Council have identified areas in Coldean called ‘urban fringe sites’ that have the potential to have houses built on them. One of these is being assessed presently for the development of a significant number of houses. Residents have already seen a lot of change to their community with the construction of the University of Brighton halls at Varley Park. Whilst there are some concerns and questions still to be answered many of the group came with ideas of how any potential development might be done. In particular, how this might enhance the local area, sharing how they’d like to see Coldean grow and come together to move forward.

We spoke about the local woodland and trees, access, community facilities, sports facilities, noise, services and much more and now have a list of ideas to consider and develop together. By far the most popular idea was a community centre/hub that could serve the neighbourhood and provide multiple services. Ian and Dot will be holding another meeting soon where we’ll bring forward some options and opportunities to discuss further and take forward.

Are you a Coldean resident or do you work in Coldean perhaps? Would you like to come to our next meeting to see how things progress? Send Dot an email on dotkirk@bhclt.org.uk and we’ll keep you in the loop.

Our Community Enabler Dot provided meeting space and helped plan and facilitate as well as providing refreshments. If you’d like to run something similar in your area get in touch!

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