We are very excited to announce that our application for Stage 1 funding from the National CLT Network has been approved. This will give us access to support from a specialist CLT Technical Advisor on how to take the Sheffield CLT forward.
Details on the meeting with the advisor will follow soon. All members of the Sheffield community are welcome, so please get in touch with us if you would like to be involved!
Naked House’ is a non-profit London-bred solution to unaffordable housing. The concept ensures affordability through minimalism; the Naked House is essentially a well designed ‘shell’ structure built from durable, low cost materials without any of the cost-adding finishings that typically come with off -the-shelf ‘affordable’ housing making them unnecessarily expensive. Under this model the home is 100% affordable with 100% ownership affording homeowners the security of long term tenure. In this way homeowners have the flexibility to furnish, modify and expand their homes to meet their needs as and when they can afford to do so.
The concept is grounded in community-orientated approach; the Naked Houses will be built in community clusters where shared space will be collectively planned and will hopefully allow for skills, knowledge and tool sharing. The idea is also to keep resale costs low to ensure that the Naked Houses always remain affordable.
St Clement’s Hospital is London’s first CLT site. The project will provide 252 new homes, 35% of which will be genuinely affordable homes and will include 58 for ‘social rent’ and 23 community land trust homes priced according to local wages.
The project intends for these homes to be built sustainably, with good access to green space and public transport, allowing for community involvement in the running of the site and adjoining community space.
To find out more about St Clement’s watch the London CLT video or contact them through their website,or on Twitter.
The Rural Urban Synthesis Society, a CLT based in Lewisham, was founded in 2009 and now has over 500 members. Its mission is to reduce its communities’ dependence on fossil fuels, increase food security, encourage biodiversity and provide affordable housing for Londoners through creating charming, low-energy, genuinely affordable homes in sustainable neighborhoods managed by residents.
Their first project, planned to start in January 2018, is a self-build scheme for 33 new sustainable, high quality homes and shared open space at Church Grove in Ladywell, Lewisham.
Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are non-profit organisations established by communities to provide genuinely and permanently affordable, community-controlled housing and other assets such as social enterprises, bakeries and gardens; work or meeting spaces; and green spaces.
Originally, around the early 2000s, CLT’s in England operated in predominantly middle class rural areas where they provided a means of preserving community stability against influxes of second-home buyers. CLTs have played an important role in English towns which have increasingly seen the closing of community services such as post-offices and pubs and the loss of younger people who leave in search of work and affordable housing.
The Sheffield CLT is a project aimed at working with local residents to turn vacant buildings and plots in the city into genuinely affordable housing for the Sheffield community.
If being part of this project interests you or if you would like to learn more about social-enterprise housing models for Sheffield bring your lunch and join us at the Union St. co-working space for a chat at lunchtime on Friday 24 March 2017.
As we are moving forward, we will be soon applying for the support offered by the CLT Network and to other grants available for projects aiming to deliver affordable houses to the community. In order to start this journey we will need to have a strong steering committee to start taking decisions, negotiate with the council and the community.
The many vacant buildings and plots in the city offer great potential for a CLT in Sheffield: their regeneration would benefit the community as a whole, in a bottom-up project where the community takes the lead and has its voice heard.
If you are passionate about your city and think that Sheffield deserves an exciting project like this, we would be happy to have you on board.
More news is coming soon: feel free to get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter at @SheffieldCLT, Facebook at SheffieldCLT or to pop up for a visit at Studio Polpo‘s offices in the Union Street Co-Working space.
A further step in the realization of the Sheffield CLT: we have recently joined the National CLT Network as a Stat Up affiliate. By joining the Network, we are supporting its lobbying and campaigning to have the needs of CLTs heard by our Government, we will be able to share knowledge and experience, so crucial at the developing stage. The Network was established in 2010 and since then it helped the development of over 170 CLTs across England and Wales.
We are happy to have joined the Network and looking forward to starting this new chapter!
With this projects students’ look at Wicker multicultural environment and look at the communities’ women to reinterpret their role and use of public spaces. They propose workshops, collective cooking, and playground activities to gather women to public spaces. The second step would be to gather funding towards more permanent structures and long-term projects like growing food at the railway bridge, the construction of permanent structure for the families, in order to also create jobs and foster the local economy.
a- The group first analysed the local situation, highlighting the issues and potentials and then designed a tailored project that in the short term would see the development of a community center, a riverside coffee and a communal kitchen. The plan would later include affordable school, a community park and a housing area.
b- With this project the student focused on the waterfront zone, putting forward a project of reactivation. Her plan included a commercial and leisure area, a community park and gym and cultural spaces.
The group’s idea developed around the question: “would you like to ‘live and work’ in the city centre?” This simple question draws the attention to the issues of rent affordability that often make inaccessible the city centre, forcing people and companies to move away. They also underlined the existence of empty unused buildings in the city centre, raising awareness regarding the gradual decency and abandonment of central areas. The group proposes a working and living environment – the Fargate ‘Co-studio’ – as an alternative of community re-appropriation of the city centre.
The motto of the group was: “proposing a phased community-led development for Wellington street, to achieve its potentials as a thriving city centre with identity, vitality and diversity”
The group underlined the central position of Wellington Street as its main potential: they looked at the existing network and outlined future possible partnerships to gather funding for the renovation of the area. They proposed a more attracting green park and the car park to be turned into a complex of affordable houses.
As initial phase of the project the group explored possible ways to create a community of current and future residents in the Devonshire Quarter through inclusive activities. In their vision the area would gain a new life through historic building regeneration, public activation, new affordable housing and a revitalised outdoor public space.
The exhibition will walk you through the different visions the students produced for five different areas of Sheffield city centre. The aim is to challenge the idea we have of our city and finding creative and affordable ways of taking ownership of abandoned or neglected city spaces, through community-led projects.
Do not miss this opportunity to see Sheffield from another perspective and do get in touch if you have any comments and if you would like to get involved!
The Sheffield CLT project is now moving towards an ‘active’ phase in which it will engage with local community and stakeholders to discuss models, scenarios and potential routes to establish Sheffield CLT. We will be working with Studio Polpo and the MA in Urban Design at the School of Architecture at University of Sheffield to explore and propose avenues for community led development in Sheffield City Centre within the wider framework of the Sheffield CLT project.
We are now engaging possible partnerships, identifying potential locations within Sheffield urban area and drafting prospective projects. The next month will be filled with news and events to help the promotion and development of the project. Update will be published on the Sheffield CLT website, Facebook and Twitter!
Homes for Britain campaign is committed to ending the housing crisis in a generation, calling all political parties for urgent solutions. The housing crisis we are living implies that a whole generation is unable to start a family, cannot leave the parents’ home or is at risk of becoming homeless. This is due to a lack of construction of new homes that has led to an increase in house prices which has fostered intense speculation. Availability and affordability are the main issues that are preventing people in Britain from owning a house, creating an unacceptable situation of uncertainty and instability.
After last year presentation at the Sheffield Housing Festival at Endcliffe Park, we are now moving forward and making the first steps towards the creation of the first CLT in Sheffield.