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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.

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How community rights can bring us more affordable and community-led housing – video

On 5th September 2018, Dave Boyle (The Community Shares Company) gave a workshop on how community rights can bring us more affordable and community-led housing.


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Community-led housing journeys: Three groups tell their story

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) is working with around 17 new community-led housing groups as part of our Community-Led Housing Programme.

We spoke to people from three of these groups: Selby Housing Co-operative, SEASALT (South East Students Autonomously Living Together) and Lilliput Housing Co-operative about their experiences so far and the highs and lows of their journey.

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.

Thanks to Tim Andrews Images who filmed and edited the video, as well as all the people from housing groups who took part.

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How to set up a housing co-op video

On 17 May 2018, Helen Bartlett (Rosa Bridge housing co-op) gave a workshop on How to set up a housing co-operative. Watch the full workshop below:


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Introduction to Sociocracy for community-led housing – video

On 5th May 2018, Julian Howell and Richard Taylor (both members of Sussex Cohousing), gave an introduction to sociocracy for community-led housing. Watch the full workshop below:


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Understanding planning and development for community-led housing video

On 20 April 2018, Nicola Thomas (Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust), Liz Hobden (Head of Planning, Brighton & Hove City Council), Ian Coomber (Absolute Town Planning) and Anthony Probert (BioRegional) gave a workshop on Understanding planning and development for community-led housing.

They went over planning and development processes and policy, including how to create a brief and the steps for designing and potentially constructing community-led housing projects.


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Finding suitable property and land for community-led housing video

On 6 April 2018 Nicola Thomas (Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust) and Paul Bonnett (Bonnett’s estate agents) gave a workshop on finding suitable property and land for community-led housing.

They discussed how groups could develop their site criteria, learn more about the local land and property context and work with others in their group to decide the next steps in their search for land and property. Watch the full workshop below


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Mortgage advice for community-led housing groups from Ecology Building Society, Charity Bank, Triodos bank and Unity Trust bank

In March 2018 we asked Sonya Powe (Unity Trust bank), Jon Lee (Ecology Building Society),
Carolyn Sims (Charity Bank) and Mark Ogden (Triodos bank) for their advice for
community-led housing groups applying for a mortgage.

We asked each of them three questions:

1) What are your top 3 tips for Community-led housing groups who are planning to raise money through a mortgage?
2) What are the two most common mistakes Community-led housing groups make when applying for a mortgage?
3) Why should Community-led housing groups choose you over other lenders?

See their replies below.


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Introduction to self-build for community-led housing video

On Saturday 17 March, Mario Wolf (National Custom & Self Build Association, Right to Build Taskforce) and Martyn Holmes (Bunker Self-Build Housing Co-op) & Raphael Lee (architect for Bunker Housing Co-op, Auraa Studio architecture) gave an introduction to self-build for community-led housing.

Mario Wolf discussed the Right to Build Task Force and the national self-build picture and what it means for community-led housing groups. Martyn Holmes & Raphael Lee talked about community self build and Bunker housing co-op collectively self-building their homes in Brighton. Watch the full workshop below

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