Having secured a meeting with the Bishop it seemed important to get support from Enfield Council to give more weight to any proposal using the combined church and council land. While looking for supportive policy we stumbled across a document “Custom & Self Build in Enfield” which put forward a strategy for delivering custom and self … More Trying to get Enfield Council support
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
Could we possibly buy the land? We knew could not do it on our own. The rough auctioneers’ valuation was considerably beyond our means but the plot was big enough for two houses, so would we be able to get planning permission for two houses and find someone to partner with? And even if we could what … More A window of opportunity
But before we had much time to develop these ideas I heard from the vicar that the Diocese intended to proceed with the sale by November. We decided to call to say we were still interested. We had little idea how to negotiate, some ideas about persuading them not to sell the land but keep … More An Opportunity but a race against time
It was at this Right to Build Expo that I attended a breakout group session led by Tom Chance, Director of the National Community Land Trust Network. He helped to affirm some of our ideas and gave me reason to believe that looking at pursuing a community led development across the Council and Church plot … More Could we build a community?