New Bristol CLT website

Bristol CLT’s website has moved to a new, simpler site:

Please use the link above to read the latest from Bristol CLT. Existing followers should sign up to follow this new site for updates.

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Opportunity for affordable, self finish housing in Bristol

Living at 325 Fishponds RoadFurther information available on the range of housing opportunities  at Bristol CLT’s forthcoming housing project at 325 Fishponds Road:Living at 325 Fishponds Road

To see if you are eligible, check the 325 Fishponds Rd Allocations Policy.

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Bristol CLT Annual General Meeting and Board Election

Next Saturday 6th April 2013 at 3pm – 4pm at Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bedminster, BS3 4EA, Bristol CLT will hold its AGM which will include an update from the chair Keith Cowling on what has been happening since the launch in 2011. Please see this notice for further details: Bristol CLT AGM Notice

One third of the members elected under each class stand down at each AGM but may stand for re-election. The AGM is an opportunity for any Bristol CLT member to put themselves forward as a candidate for Board member. A pro forma is included in the above notice, if any members wish to do so and the deadline for submission is Wednesday 3rd April, 4pm. You will see you must be nominated by another member: I can help you find one to nominate you if you do not know any others.

Only members can vote at the AGM. In the voting to elect Board members, members vote only for those standing in the “class” they belong to – resident/potential resident, community or stakeholder.

If members have any queries, please contact Anna on:

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Interested in self build and community led housing?

Then this event is for you!

Inspiring self build and community led housing

A free one-day event exploring examples from around the UK and beyond, future opportunities in Bristol and hands on workshops.

Date: Saturday 6th April 2013

9.45am – 3pm

Venue: Windmill Hill City Farm

Philip Street


Bristol BS3 4EA


Book your FREE place via the Eventbrite website:



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Hot off the press! The Community Land Trust Handbook!

The National CLT Network has produced a fantastic CLT Handbook – a definitive guide to starting up and running a CLT. It provides expert guidance and case studies and is a fantastic resource for existing and new CLT’s.

A copy can be downloaded via their website:


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Bristol CLT Newsletter November 2012

Read the latest from Bristol CLT in the November newsletter.

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Visualisations of Bristol CLT’s 325 Fishponds Road scheme


See the following page for more information and visualisations of Bristol CLT’s scheme at 325 Fishponds Road.

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Members meeting: Bristol CLT homes at 325 Fishponds Road

Tuesday 27th November, 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Downstairs at Cafe Kino, 108 Stokes Croft

In October, a group of members interested in self build at 325 Fishponds Road got together to discuss what level of self build they would consider realistic and achievable  taking into account timescales and other restrictions such as current responsibilities and commitments.

This follow on meeting will start to look into greater detail about potential scenarios using some example work patterns to start to establish what the group and individuals might feel comfortable with. We will also be discussing what tools we might use to make sure individual contributions to the building process are recorded and recognised.

We will also be looking at the latest designs for the homes and communal areas and asking for members feedback to these as well as looking at what members can be doing now to prepare their finances, particularly if they are looking to secure a mortgage on a CLT home.

If you have any questions before the meeting, please get in touch with Anna Maloney:

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Reporting on Bristol CLT’s scheme at 325 Fishponds Road

BBC and The Bristol Post have reported on Bristol CLT’s first housing scheme in the last few days. We are still looking for members interested in self build at 325 Fishponds Road!

Latest plans for 325 Fishponds Road

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Announcement on the sale of land to Bristol CLT for £1

 The following press release was issued on Thursday 27th September:

Bristol City Council has approved the sale of a piece of land to a Community Land Trust, paving the way to the creation of up to a dozen affordable homes.

The move is a milestone in the history of house building of the city as it will mark the first housing development by a Community Land Trust in Bristol. 

A Community Land Trust is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation that develops housing or other assets at permanently affordable levels for long-term community benefit.

A CLT can provide housing through shared equity or outright sale on the open market, for affordable rent, or a combination of the above.

The old school site at 325 Fishponds Road, Eastville, has been derelict for a number of years. It will be parcelled with some land from the current Eastville Park depot to the rear of the site, and sold to Bristol Community Land Trust for £1.

Councillor Anthony Negus, Cabinet Member for Housing, Property and Regeneration, said: “This is an exciting landmark in the history of house building in Bristol. I hope the disposal of this site to BCLT is the first of many and will lead to the creation of many more affordable new homes.

“Bristol City Council, faced with the challenge of meeting the demand for new homes at a time of economic stagnation, is continuing to innovate.

“Empowering community land trusts to build affordable homes is an important addition to our armoury and joins such successful schemes as the Local Authority Mortgage Scheme, which has so far helped 28 first-time buyers secure a home and our empty private housing initiative which in 12 months brought back more than 500 homes into use, more than 20 per cent over our target.

“I hope that this particular scheme, in addition to providing much-needed affordable housing in Eastville, will also make a contribution to regenerating the area which suffers from a number of anti-social behaviour issues.”

The housing to be built will be a mixture of affordable rent and shared equity affordable housing. The site at 325 Fishponds Road will be the first self-finish site to be developed by the Bristol Community Land Trust. Other sites elsewhere in the city are also currently being considered.

Keith Cowling, Chair of Bristol CLT, said:  “Bristol CLT has been working closely with Bristol City Council to bring this unused site back into use for affordable housing for Bristolians. We are therefore delighted with the announcement and look forward to working with the Eastville community and our members to create to first community land trust project in any UK city.”

Bristol community land trust was launched in February 2011 and signed up 150 members who are a mix of young single people, young couples, families and older persons.  For further information about Bristol Community Land Trust go to


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