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.
At Studio Polpo we have been involved in a range of collective and community led projects as well as academic and practice based research around housing and collective action in the city.
We worked with Portland Works to support the purchase of a threatened heritage building through the first community share issue in Sheffield, we have done research around housing, including co-housing and collective custom build, looked at processes of initiating socially motivated projects and at tools for agency. We have also looked at supporting temporary reuse of building for collective housing and explored ways of critiquing the status quo of housing production through residential performances.
We are also currently working with Shirle Hill co-housing group in Sheffield as well as supporting the Sheffield Cohousing Network and several other community groups.
We have decided to start the process of setting up the Sheffield Community Land Trust because we believe in the enormous potential of this model to deliver (through taking speculation out of the equation) housing and other facilities in a fair, accessible, sustainable and equitable way.