Ade Morley Bishop’s Castle & District Community Land Trust Self Build Event 14 September 2013 Self-build - Introduction Self-build Options: Anything from a centrally designed scheme comprising an element of sweat equity right through to individual plots with some degree of CLT support. Two Bristol examples of these extremes: • • 325 Fishponds Road Ashley Vale Action Group self-build development 325 Fishponds Road The first CLT project built in Bristol and comprises of 12 homes: • • • • • 0.36 acres which includes a former Victorian primary school. 7 homes available on shared ownership – 6 three bedroom homes & 1 one bedroom apartment. 66% minimum share in property – 34% held by BCLT with subsidised rent. Residents increase share value over time – ‘staircasing’. 5 one bedroom apartments for affordable rent. Residents have lived in Bristol for 2 years. Homes bought through South West Homes and rented via Home Choice Bristol. 325 Fishponds Road Self-Finish/ Sweat Equity • • • Residents commit 8-20 hrs/ wk during 2014. This achieves an equity value between £6,000 - £15,000. One Bedroom flats are a conversion project of the old school which hinders self-build. 325 Fishponds Road Self-Finish/ Sweat Equity Challenges & considerations: • • • • • Training audits and days. Self-finish standard, liability and risk to user (CDM regulations). Experienced architects. Project Management. Self Build Event – different people want different things and use space differently. Ashley Vale Self Build Development • • • • • Local community led campaign stopped old brown field site (2.1 acres) being sold to conventional developer. Local community set-up an organisation Ashley Vale Action Group so as to buy site. Housing was only option as price £750,000. Self-build suggested from two local self-builders. Site bought as whole then sold as 20 individual plots and 6 more for local housing association. Individual designs with restriction materials could only be from BREEAM category A. Ashley Vale Self Build Development • • • • • • Plots sold for around £35K. Housing Association didn’t develop the 6 plots and tried to sell to a conventional builder as BCC prevented funding for other housing associations to buy. AVAG managed to buy the 6 plots and create 6 shells for self-finish. Old office block was sold as 6 self-finish apartments – the shell was developed by AVAG and buyers. Bottom of old office block has rentable community hall and space. Surplus from rent is used for local community grants. The site has own estate management company for communal green space, road & communal areas. Ashley Vale Self Build Development • • • • • • • Quality of life survey much higher for site than in local ward & Bristol. As site developed self-builders helped each other with knowledge and tools. Now good connections and community feel. All houses have a least 1KW PV solar and 50% houses have recycled paper insulation. All 6 self-finish shells were fitted with hot water solar panels at no extra cost to buyer. House prices have soared and now no affordable element or rent income. Ecomotive central to the development of the site run short training courses in community involved housing projects. Thanks & Questions Further info: Jackson Moulding from Ecomotive spoke on You & Yours BBC Radio 4 last Thursday (13th September) about Ashley Vale. This can be heard on iPlayer and his interview starts about 6 minutes into the programme.