Wed03Feb Bristol Community Land Trust inaugural meeting
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu Jan 20 23:26:33 GMT 2011
Press release for immediate publication
20th January 2011
Bristol CLT launches opening event for affordable community housing
For many people in Bristol, high house prices and
lack of mortgage finance mean that owning or
renting a decent home is still just a dream. Now
the recently-launched Bristol CLT offers an
alternative route to home ownership or rental, by
involving the local community as well as future
residents in the design and construction of affordable homes.
The Bristol CLT, an umbrella organisation set up
to promote Community Land Trusts in Bristol, will
host its opening event from 3 to 7pm on Wednesday
3rd February at Hamilton House on Stokes Croft.
The event is free and open to anyone who is
interested in affordable homes, self-build or
community-led delivery of housing in Bristol.
A Community Land Trust is a non-profit
organisation that owns assets such as land and
buildings and holds them for the benefit of a
particular community or area. CLTs can be used to
provide affordable housing that is controlled by
members of the local community, rather than by a housing association.
Bristol City Council has agreed to provide
finance to support a pilot CLT scheme with two
possible locations being Fishponds Road,
Eastville and Victoria Park Baptist Church,
Bedminster. Homes could be sold on an
equity-share basis, for example, at around 50-70%
of market value. An element of self-build may be
included in the project, reducing the costs of home ownership even further.
Bristol is already recognised as a leader in
community-led self-build, with the Ashley Vale
development in St Werburghs being awarded the
prestigious Building For Life Award in 2010 the
first self-build scheme in the country to receive this accolade.
The pilot project is aimed at first-time buyers
on average or low incomes, although it may also
include affordable rented accommodation. One of
the proposed schemes may include an element of
cohousing, where small private dwellings are
grouped around shared communal facilities.
The Bristol CLT will hold two short presentations
at its opening event, at 3pm and 6pm, to show
draft designs for each of the sites. It is hoped
the event will attract potential residents, those
wanting a say in how the homes are designed and
managed, and people with ideas for future CLT projects across Bristol.
Notes to editors:
1. Community Land Trusts are established in
communities to acquire land or other fixed assets
and then hold them in perpetuity for the benefit
of the local community. They work on a non-profit
basis, accessing public, private and charitable
finance and tapping into the resources of their
community to provide and manage affordable
housing, workspace, community buildings and assets and green space.
2. CLTs work by enabling occupiers to pay
for the use of buildings and services at prices
they can afford, while the value of land,
subsidies, planning gain and other equity
benefits are permanently locked in, on behalf of
them and future occupiers, by the Community Land Trust.
3. The Bristol CLT was set up in 2010 by a
project group including Bristol City Council,
Ecomotive (a social enterprise promoting
affordable and sustainable housing through
self-build) and Wessex Community Assets (experts
on CLTs), and other members of the Bristol
community. Anyone in Bristol with an interest in
community-led affordable housing can become a
member of the Bristol CLT for only £1.
4. Housing Minister Grant Shapps recently
announced a boost for community-led housing
delivery via the Governments proposed Community
Right To Build, which would allow communities
more control over new housing in their own
neighbourhoods. He highlighted Bristols Ashley
Vale development as an example of good practice.
5. The opening event is from 3 to 7 pm on
Thursday 3rd February 2011 at Hamilton House, 80
Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY. Attendees will be able to
browse displays and talk to experts and Bristol
CLT representatives about the potential projects,
with short presentations being given at 3pm and 6pm.
For more information, contact Jackson Moulding at
<mailto:Jackson at ecomotive.org>Jackson at ecomotive.org
or 0117 9241263. See also
+44 (0)7786 952037
"Capitalism is institutionalised bribery."
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poison which alienates the possessor from the community" Carl Jung
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