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.
Bunker was founded by two families in 2014 after years of trying to find ways to secure affordable housing in the city. The idea developed as they chatted with their neighbours over the garden fence. Living in damp, cramped and overpriced private rented accommodation, both families, despite working full time, were struggling and fed up with their housing situation.
Now they have finally been able to start work on their new homes, join Bunker members and some of the other people who have helped them on their journey, to celebrate on Saturday 8 December 2018, 2.00-5.00pm at The Edge Community Centre, 83 Pankhurst Avenue, Brighton, BN2 9AE. There will be food and drinks. Arrive by 2.15pm for the opportunity to see the Bunker site on Plumpton Road which is a five-minute walk away.
Bunker currently have eight low income, mostly self-employed, adult members – along with several children. They hope to acquire a second site soon, in order to expand their project and house more of their members.
Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) is encouraging people who support projects like Bunker to join the local Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register with Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC). Registering is a good way of improving the chances for Brighton residents to self/custom build their own homes. Find out more about why and how to join the register here.