Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) is part of a solution focused grassroots movement for community led land and housing development. They enable and campaign for community-led development in Brighton & Hove. They are led by a growing membership of local people and accountable to them and the wider community.
Registered Society founded 2017
BHCLT helps to bring together the different elements fundamental to any community-led housing project. Without the right groups, sites and funding in place, it is impossible to develop viable alternatives in the current housing market. Read more
With the capital raised from their 2020 share offer, BHCLT will buy their first sites and properties. They will lease the land or property to one of their community-led housing groups. Income from the leases will be used to pay back mortgage costs, interest on share capital, ongoing maintenance and development of the properties and running costs.
If BHCLT reaches their maximum target in their 2020 raise, they can work with 3–5 of their groups to develop and deliver their community-led housing schemes. This will not only provide housing that is secure and affordable in perpetuity for up to 100 individuals and families but will pave the way for a different model of housing in Brighton & Hove.
For decades the housing market has prioritised investment over providing homes. Inequality is rising and there is a growing threat of climate breakdown. People feel more isolated and there is a sense that communities are breaking apart. BHCLT will buy land and make sure that it remains a source of decent housing for ever.
In Brighton the average house costs 16 times the median income
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