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How an association with deep roots in a local area can work imaginatively with the local community to help people locked out of the housing market and, in doing so, build new communities and form an enduring partnership

United Communities, South West

Shaldon Road, Bristol: a Community Land Trust approach to build affordable housing for young families
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What we did

Bristol is a young and dynamic city, but many young families are locked out of the housing market and are struggling to find genuinely affordable and stable homes for them to grow in. Wanting to find solutions to the housing crisis themselves, over 450 people have signed up to become members of the Bristol Community Land Trust (BCLT).

United Communities (UC) recognised the energy and potential of BCLT and the land trust model and agreed to work in partnership to help develop new affordable homes in an area where they are vitally needed.

How we did it

UC provided development and governance expertise for BCLT’s first project of 12 homes, completed in 2016.

Spurred on by this successful first development, UC and BCLT are now co-developing a much bigger scheme of 50 homes at Shaldon Road in Lockleaze, Bristol. The scheme is a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership. The resident steering group has influenced the design which is highly sustainable. As well as inputting into the design, the new residents will also be responsible for ‘self-finishing’ their own homes.

Bristol City Council transferred the 3-acre site to BCLT and the majority of funding for the scheme has been raised through ethical funders and the HCA.

The impact we’ve had

  • 12 new homes built to high sustainability standards with a shared garden, and another 50 in the pipeline with wild spaces and two community buildings for shared meals and workshop
  • A genuine co-development approach, with a high level of community input, including self-finish to help reduce both the rent and purchase price.
  • An effective partnership, utilising each organisation’s complementary skills: UC‘s development track record and BCLTs grass roots community knowledge.

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