Naked House

Stephen likened our approach to a not-for profit Community Interest Company called Naked House. They were part of the Urban Community Land Trust family and, like us, were responding to the need of families who don’t qualify for social housing but are unable to afford a home on the open market. In 2015 they won a … More Naked House

Dead end?

Excited and nervous we sent the Heads of Terms to the Church and now had to hope and wait. We didn’t have to wait long but it wasn’t the news we were hoping for. An email came through from the Development Manager on 7th November:“At the very last minute, I have been contacted by the local … More Dead end?

Partnering up

We did however need a partner. I had recently become friends with a mother whose daughter was in my son’s class who was in a similar position to ourselves. I had bumped into her on several occasions outside the school gates and we had discussed our housing dilemmas. She longed for a home of their … More Partnering up

Negotiating a deal – working out the value of land

The Diocese determined to sell the vicarage plot (with access road) in November and the development manager invited us to make an offer. We still retained our ideas of community building and hoped that during the negotiation period we might persuade the church to hold on to their land and consider a wider community project with … More Negotiating a deal – working out the value of land