Action in rural Sussex: The Sussex Community Housing Hub – An introduction to Community Led Housing

The Sussex Community Housing Hub is one of Action in rural Sussex’s services.

It is a Community Led Housing (CLH) enabling service which provides technical advice and support to CLH groups and projects across East and West Sussex.

The team consists of two full time CLH Advisors, Tom Warder (Manager), Graham Maunders and two part time CLH Enablers; Lisa Hartley and Polly Eason. Over the past couple of years the Hub has been able to expand this team and increase the level of support provided by establishing strong partnerships with Local Authorities and building on our longstanding relationship with communities throughout Sussex.

We are currently working with 25 groups, made up of Community Land Trusts (CLTs) and one older women’s Co-Housing group.

CLTs are non-profit organisations of local people coming together to provide real housing solutions; genuinely affordable homes, for local people in perpetuity and of great design. Co-Housing is where  a community of people come together to live in such a way that provides them with mutual support, via shared space and activities whist also having an independent home.

Community led housing does take some time to come to fruition, however we are moving ever closer to our first ‘built’ scheme. We have 3 affordable housing schemes which have now secured planning consent and aim to start on site this year. These are:

  • Angmering CLT (12 homes for locally affordable rent)
  • Icklesham CLT (15 homes for social rent and shared ownership)
  • Herstmonceux CLT (18 homes for rent, shared ownership and smaller market homes for older people to downsize to).

Community led housing is a rapidly growing movement and has been given real impetus by the national Community Housing Fund (CHF), with The Hub successfully securing over £300,000 this year to support CLTs with their pre-development costs. However, the CHF closes as of March this year.

The sector and all the projects in Sussex urgently need this fund to be renewed. Parish and Town Councils, CLH groups and all those who want to see bottom up solutions to the housing crisis are encouraged to write to their MP on this matter.

For more information on how you can help, please contact the Hub Team via email SussexHousingHub@ruralsussex.org.uk

If you would like to find out more about community led housing, CLTs, Co-Housing, Co-Operatives and self-build, please visit:

Affordable Housing

Sussex Community Housing Hub

National CLT Network

 

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