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Weekly community-led housing group skills workshops until 12 December 2018

Are you involved in creating a housing community? Want to create a strong group? Want to build a community that is nourishing and practical, enabling and effective?

There are ways to enjoy finding the answers to these questions! BHCLT member Marcela López Levy, is running FREE weekly drop-in workshops on group skills, once a month combining with a BHCLT social. The dates of the socials are the 21 November and 12 December. This is a good opportunity to learn and practice community-building and project management skills in a supportive environment. Bring your experience and your questions.

Workshops will run every Wednesday, 6.30pm-8.00pm, until 12 December. They will take place in The Lord Nelson pub.

For more details contact groupwork@playen.net.

The workshops are free, but we require participants to become BHCLT members (fee £1). Join here: bhclt.org.uk/membership

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Celebrating Brighton & Hove’s movement for community-led housing

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) held its first Annual General Meeting at One Church, Brighton on Wednesday 12 September. The event was also a good chance to celebrate the work of the local housing groups BHCLT has been working with over the past 10 months, as part of the Community-Led Housing Programme, supported by Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC), through the national Community Housing Fund.

There was a great atmosphere and everyone came together for a shared meal during the evening. We heard more about plans for the CLT over the next six months and how people can get more involved.

We are also pleased to welcome six BHCLT Directors who were elected at the meeting. Re-elected were the four existing Directors: Continue reading

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Celebrating Brighton & Hove’s movement for community-led housing

13 September 2018

Celebrating Brighton & Hove’s movement for community-led housing

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) held its first Annual General Meeting at One Church, Brighton on Wednesday 12 September. The event was also a chance to celebrate the work of the housing groups BHCLT has been working with over the past 10 months.

Community-led housing allows local people to take control of their housing and create alternatives to the limited choices offered by the current housing market. Approaches include self-build, cohousing and housing co-operatives, all developed and run by local people working together.

BHCLT has been supporting local people to come together and organise, or build, their own affordable homes as part of its Community-Led Housing Programme, supported by Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC), through the national Community Housing Fund.

BHCLT is working with 17 groups including, Bunker Housing Co-op: A self-build group due to start building their first two homes in the next month; SEASALT: set to be the first student housing co-operative in the South East; a cohousing project for women over 50 years old and Lilliput Housing Co-operative who are planning a neighbourhood of nine small, low cost homes for those most in need of secure, genuinely affordable housing in Brighton & Hove.

Six BHCLT Directors were also elected at the meeting. Re-elected were the four existing Directors:

Jonny Anstead has worked in the built environment sector for 15 years. He has specific experience in delivering community-led housing through his company TOWN’s role as development partner to K1 Cohousing, delivering a 42-home cohousing scheme in Cambridge, which is due for completion in October 2018.

Peter Clarke, a founder Director of BHCLT who has been working as the Trust’s Treasurer. He is also a founder member of South Downs Eco Housing Co-operative with experience in building and architecture, community development and administration of grant-funded and community-led programmes.

Rita Garner who has been a Director of BHCLT for the past year and has extensive experience in governance, people management, and financial management of health and social care services. She works in leadership development with individuals and small groups using coaching and facilitation skills.

Helen Russell, a founder Director of BHCLT who has been involved in housing since the 1970s, from squatting in Brixton to representing Community Works on the Strategic Housing Partnership, pioneering the Confederation of Cooperative Housing (CCH) in 1991, and being Chair of her home co-op during the development of its new build flats.

There were also two new Directors elected:

Sudhin Chatterji who has over 20 years of experience in the construction and development industry as a lawyer acting for major banks, pension funds and institutions on a variety of development and regeneration projects throughout the UK.

Martyn Holmes: A Brighton resident and founding member of Bunker Housing Co-op. Martyn is also an academic, Community-Led Housing (CLH) developer/enabler and housing activist.

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust is a growing membership organisation of over 200 local people working to keep housing and land in the city affordable for future generations. It is just £1 to join. Find out more at bhclt.org.uk

For more information contact us on admin@bhclt.org.uk 

 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 225 Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in England and Wales. Find out more at: https://bhclt.org.uk/
  2. Community Land Trusts (CLTs) act as long-term stewards of housing, ensuring that it remains genuinely affordable, based on what local people actually earn, 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. CLTs have developed over 820 homes across the country, with more than 5,000 in the pipeline up to 2021. More information can be found at: www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk
    3. Announced in 2016, a national Community Housing Fund of £60 million was 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 in October 2017, which is acting as the lead partner in this programme of work, alongside Co-operative Housing in Brighton & Hove (CHIBAH) and Mutual Aid in Sussex (MAIS).
  3. In July 2018 the national government announced the multimillion pound Community Housing Fund which will provide local people with the financial backing to make their community-led housing projects a reality. The Fund will be managed by Homes England and will come in two phases: phase one will help groups to cover costs during the planning stages and the second phase will be capital grants to pay for the construction costs for new homes. BHCLT’s Community-Led Housing Programme is supporting local people to apply for this Fund and make their ideas a reality. The full prospectus for the latest round of the Community Housing Fund can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-housing-fund-prospectus
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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: https://bhclt.org.uk/membership/

More information on the meeting and becoming a director can be found here: https://bhclt.org.uk/brighton-hove-community-land-trust-general-meeting-and-social-8th-may/

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 admin@bhclt.org.uk to ask any questions.

For more information contact info@bhclt.org.uk

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: https://bhclt.org.uk/
  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: http://www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk/
  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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Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust – General Meeting and Social – 8th May

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (CLT) warmly invites you to its General Meeting & Social Evening on Tuesday 8th May, between 5.30pm – 8.30pm in One Church, Gloucester Place, Brighton, BN1 4AA.

Come and shape the CLT’s vision and values, help build the movement for community-led housing in the City, and find out how to become a CLT member or a Director.

We’ll break for a shared meal at 6.30pm (please bring food to share) and a chance to chat, socialise and network with others interested in community-led housing.

Limited space, so booking essential. Book via eventbrite here.

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.

Feel free to contact admin@bhclt.org.uk to ask any questions.

Not sure what it means to be a Director? We recognise that a wide and diverse set of skills and experiences is vital to developing the Trust. Download this brief to get an idea of the role.

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