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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Members meeting for those interested in self build/self completion at 325 Fishponds Road

In July, a group of members met to discuss the scheme Bristol CLT are bringing forward on a site in Fishponds. Since then, work has been done to respond to members comments and suggestions and a new layout has been developed.

At this meeting, we’d like to explore with members what appetite there is for completing the work to the homes on this site themselves. This could range from getting a group together to collectively build the structure of the houses and then complete the rest of the works with support and guidance on the process, to simply installing kitchens and bathrooms once the shells are complete.

Whichever route is decided on will result in savings that are passed directly on to members taking up homes on this site.

Indicative prices on house and apartment units will be shared at this meeting so that members can get an idea of what costs are likely to be involved.

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

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Centre for Alternative Technology: Annual Timber Frame Self Build Course: 1st – 5th October.

For those members interested in self build, the Centre for Alternative Technology will be running it’s annual Timber Frame Self Build Course from 1st-5th October.

Further information is available via:

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Bristol CLT Co-op Home Saver account launched

Bristol CLT and Bristol Credit Union have launched a savings account for Bristol CLT members called Co-op Home Saver.

The Co-op Home Saver account has been designed to help Bristol CLT members  save toward the cost of buying a stake in a Bristol CLT home or to put toward the cost of preparing and moving into a new home.

Click through to the following page for more information on account features and how to apply or download a Coop Home Saver Leaflet.

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Call for architects to work with Bristol Community Land Trust

Bristol Community Land Trust is looking for architects based in the South West to join a pre-selected panel to work with it to bring forward schemes on sites Bristol CLT are interested in developing.

The panel will reflect a range of skills and experience to enable Bristol CLT to consider a range of different types of development from refurbishment to new build. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an Expression of Interest to Bristol CLT by Friday 27th July. Further information on what to include in an Expression of Interest can be found in the following letter: BCLT Architects Panel

If you have any queries, please contact Anna Maloney, Bristol CLT Development Officer:

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