Category Archives: Resources

Community engagement and community-led housing – video

On 27 September, Keith Brown (Community Organiser for Nationwide) and Sam Kinch (Heart of Hastings) gave a workshop on how to get the wider community involved in a community-led housing project. They are both community organisers that are trying to build a community, not just houses.

Keith Brown gave the first half and talked about how he is working to build community around Oakfield Campus, a significant new housing development in Swindon. His role is to ensure those living locally are supported to have their say on the number and mix of properties to be built, and to help create positive change in their neighbourhood. Watch his half below:


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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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Which organisational form should your community-led housing group choose? – Video

On 12th June 2018, Andrea Jones (Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust) and Laura Moss (Wrigleys Solicitors) gave a workshop on organisational forms for community-led housing groups.

Andrea gave the first half which covered issues of ownership, power and decision-making and draws on Andrea’s PhD research data and the experiences of local community-led housing groups. Watch her half below:


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Planning and design for community-led housing – video

How can planning and design collaborate to improve opportunities for affordable housing in Brighton & Hove?

This was under discussion at this community-led housing focused workshop on Tuesday 19 June. It explored aspects of community-led housing design and planning, including small homes, ‘meanwhile use’ (making use of temporarily empty buildings and sites) and cohousing design.

The speakers were:

  • Daren Howarth (HUTEC designs, Earthship and Grand Designs) on small homes by choice.
  • Eddie Bridgeman (MeanwhileSpace Community Interest Company, London-based) on meanwhile use.
  • Jonny Anstead (TOWN, developer of Marmalade Lane Cohousing in Cambridge) on cohousing design & planning.

Watch the full workshop below:

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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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A guide to getting your group ready

We have produced a short guide to help groups know if they are ready to buy land or push ahead with developing their housing project. It will help groups think about what they need to do in order to take their housing plans forward and could be useful in helping you plan and structure your activities.

The guide includes a list of local and national resources to find out more about co-operatives, custom and self-build, cohousing, financial planning and intentional communities of varying kinds. We will be publishing a more detailed version of the guide, here on our website, later this year.

Download the groups guide here.

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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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