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.