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Bunker Housing Co-op starts work on its first houses

An affordable, secure home is something that can seem out of reach for too low income many families in Brighton & Hove. But Bunker Housing Co-operative is making that dream a reality as it starts building its first two houses, in East Brighton. Bunker celebrated on Saturday 8 December, alongside its investors and supporters and members of Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT).

Bunker members are self-building their houses, with the help of architects, and other construction professionals. They are using a modular system and a CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) super structure. Run as a co-operative, the rent will be just £1,000 a month, per three bedroomed family home. The co-operative will own the houses, which will be on a site leased from Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC). Any residents will be members of the co-op and both landlords and tenants.

Watch this short video for more on the Bunker story

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Bunker is on site! Time to celebrate

We are so excited that one of the housing co-operatives we have been working with as part of the Community-Led Housing Programme has started work on its first two houses. We will be celebrating on Saturday 8 December, 2.00pm at The Edge Community Centre in Brighton. Sign up at Eventbrite to join us.

Bunker Housing Co-op is a self-build co-operative, building affordable and environmentally friendly homes for low income families and individuals. Their first site is on Plumpton Road in the Queen’s Park area of Brighton. They are due to be able to move in by summer 2019 with a rent of just £1,000 a month, per three bedroomed family home.

With the help of architects, and other construction professionals, Bunker are using a modular system and a CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) super structure. They have leased their first site, on Plumpton Road, from Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC). The project is set to be a great example of what is possible with self-build community-led housing.

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A guide to joining Brighton & Hove’s self-build and custom housebuilding register

As part of National Custom and Self Build Week 2018 (7-13 May), we are encouraging local people interested in community-led housing to join the local Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register.

The Right to Build requires all councils to maintain a register of individuals and groups of individuals who want to build their own home. It places a duty on them to grant sufficient development permissions for serviced building plots to meet demand on a rolling three-year basis.

Registering is a good way of improving the chances for Brighton residents to self/custom build their own homes. Here’s what to do:

1. Check your eligibility for entry in the register. Are you:

  • aged 18 years or over
  • a British citizen, a national of an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, or a national of Switzerland
  • seeking (either alone or with others) to acquire a serviced plot of land in Brighton & Hove City Council’s area to build a house to occupy as that individual’s sole or main residence
    In the case of groups wishing to register, the above criteria must be met by all members.

2. If you want to know more, have a look at the Brighton & Hove City Council self-build register website here.

3. Send an email to housing.strategy@brighton-hove.gov.uk and say you want to be on the register. You can apply as an individual or as part of a group of people. Include this info in the email:

If you applying as an individual

  • Your name, address and date of birth
  • Confirmation that you are a British / EEA or Swiss citizen
  • Confirmation you are applying as an individual

If you are applying as a group

  • Your name, address and date of birth
  • Confirmation that you are a British / EEA or Swiss citizen
  • Confirmation you are applying as part of a group
  • Supply the full individual information (the above three points) for all the group members.
  • Confirm the number of plots of land you might want to acquire.

4. Unless BHCC have any more questions you should now be on the register and receive a confirmation email like the one below:

Congratulations! You are now registered.

Find out more about self-build and the register here

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Brighton & Hove asserts its right to build affordable housing

7th May 2018

Community Land Trust promotes Self-build and Custom Housebuilding register as part of National Custom and Self Build Week

The National Custom and Self Build Week 2018 runs from 7-13 May, with a series of events celebrating and promoting Custom and Self-Build homes. Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust is taking part by encouraging local people to join the local Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register with Brighton & Hove City Council’s (BHCC). Registering is a good way of improving the chances for Brighton residents to self/custom build their own homes. Currently there are less than 100 people on the self-build register in all of Brighton & Hove – most people who want to self-build do not know the register currently exists.

People in England have the Right to Build, as set out by legislation announced in 2015 and updated in 2016. The Right to Build requires all councils to maintain a register of individual and groups of individuals who want to build their own home. It places a duty on them to grant sufficient development permissions for serviced building plots to meet demand on a rolling three-year basis. By the end of the first full year base period National Custom and Self-build Association (NaCSBA)’s research revealed that 33,000 individuals had signed up to express their interest in buying a plot.

Michael Holmes, NaCSBA’s Chair, said: “NaCSBA believes that people commissioning or building their own home will play an increasingly important role in delivering the Government’s objective to build 300,000 new homes per year.

“Custom, Self Build and community-led housing will transform how housing is delivered in the UK.”

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. Our work to support community-led housing is being supported by Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) through the Community Housing Fund.

Andrea Jones, Programme Manager for the Brighton & Hove Community-Led Housing Programme said, “Self-build can be a great opportunity for local groups to develop affordable and stable housing for themselves. People shouldn’t be put off if they don’t have buildings skills or are not architects. There are many people across the country who have self-built their own homes and we have our own success story here in Brighton with the Bunker Self-Build Co-op who are about to go on site.

“Anyone who is interested in self-build should register BHCC’s self-build register. It’s really easy and it doesn’t mean you have to follow through and build but we need to show that the demand is out there.”

Registration for the Brighton & Hove City Council’s (BHCC) Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register can be done via their website at: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/housing/general-housing/self-build-and-custom-housebuilding-register

More information about self-build community led housing and how to join the register can be found at: http://bit.ly/SelfBuildBH

For more information and to arrange local interviews with self-builders contact Amy Hall and Ed Jones, BHCLT Communications Officers on comms@bhclt.org.uk

For information on the National Self Build Week and the National Custom and Self-build Association contact Duncan Hayes on 0771 400 4257 and media@nacsba.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. 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.
  3. The National Custom and Self-build Association (NaCSBA) (www.nacsba.org.uk) issued a Freedom of Information request to all English Local Authorities on 1 November 2017 requesting the numbers of people and groups of people on their registers. It found that 33,000 had now signed up to the registers. This was based on the data supplied by more than three quarters of the authorities who responded. The remaining results were extrapolated based on the average of the responses received.
  4. The ‘Right to Build’ places two legal obligations on Local Authorities in England:
  • Under the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 all Local Authorities in England must keep a register of people and groups of people who are seeking to purchase serviced plots of land in the authority’s area and to have regard to that register when carrying out their functions. Registers were required from 1st April 2016.
  • The Housing and Planning Act 2016 requires all Local Authorities in England to grant sufficient ‘development permissions’ to meet the demand for Custom and Self-build housing in their area, as established by their register, on a rolling basis. Permissions equivalent to the number of people on the register from 1 April 2016 to 31 October 2016 should be granted by 31 October 2019. Permissions equivalent to the number of people on the register from 31 October 2016 to 31 October 2017 should be granted by 31 October 2020 and so on.

5. There are a number of national Custom and Self Build Week Activities taking place. Information can be found here: www.selfbuildportal.org.uk

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Self-build is a good way to build your own affordable housing and we can support you to do it!

Image from the Right to Build portal

Do you need more affordable housing? Are you in housing need? Ever thought about building your own home?

The Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust are encouraging as many people as possible to register on Brighton & Hove City Council’s (BHCC) self/custom build housing register. Registration is currently free of charge, but it may not stay like this so we are asking people to sign up quickly. Information about how to register can be found on the council website and below.

Registering is a good way of improving the chances for Brighton residents to self/custom build their own homes.

Registering does not mean you have to follow through and build – you can change your mind at a later stage. The important thing is that Brighton & Hove City Council will take account of demand on the Register when preparing its Local Plans. The registers can also be used to alert people on it when land is made available for Custom and Self-Build housing.

How do I register?

To register, follow the instructions on this page. We have also published a guide here.

PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS YOU CAN – THE REGISTRATION PROCESS IS NOT FREE IN SOME OTHER LOCAL AUTHORITIES SO GET REGISTERED FREE WHILST YOU CAN!

What is self build and custom build?

Self-build usually means that you are directly involved in the design and building of your home.

You could build your home:

  • Yourself
  • With the help of a contractor
  • With a group of other self-builders, sharing knowledge and expertise

Custom build usually means that you work with a specialist developer to design and build your home. It is more of a ‘hands off’ approach.

The developer could:

  • Help you find a plot
  • Build your home
  • Arrange finance for the cost of building your home

For more information watch an introduction to self-build for community-led housing groups. If you are in a self-build group and would like expert support to help realise your ideas, please email us at admin@bhclt.org.uk

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