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Welcome to the Summer edition of the Homes of Our Own newsletter.

We would love to talk to any new readers and about community led housing and if you would like us to attend a community event to help promote a community led housing scheme please contact us

Key Sector Updates

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We are eagerly awaiting news on the Community Housing Fund, any updates we do receive will be posted on our blog which can be found on the news page of our website.

On Wednesday 7th July the National Housing Federation are hosting a webinar during which the Rural Housing Alliance will share their revised rural pledge, the webinar will be

the perfect opportunity to learn about the new guide and understand how they can work in partnership with you to build more homes.


Group Updates

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Seend Community Land Trust have taken a huge step forward with the formal granting of planning permission for affordable homes in the parish. The plans for the 11-home project, which includes one self-build home and ten affordable homes to enable local people to be housed in the village, have recently received approval. The scheme will be built at Park Farm in Seend Cleeve and

will be built to Passivhaus standard, meaning the residents will benefit from lower than average electricity bills. This high design standard has been possible due to funding and support from Homes England and Wiltshire Council, together with investment by White Horse Housing Association.

The project has been driven forward by Seend Community Land Trust, a community organisation with over 250 members. Over the last few years Seend Community Land Trust has worked closely with the Wiltshire and Swindon community-led housing hub (Homes of Our Own), White Horse Housing Association and PKA Architects to progress the scheme to this stage.

The homes range from one to four-bedroom properties. Seven of the properties will be available on an affordable rented basis and 3 will be offered as shared ownership.

Construction of the homes is hoped to commence in September 2021 and the project be completed in the autumn of 2022.

The Broad Chalke Neighbourhood Plan went through referendum on Thursday 1st July 2021 with an overwhelmingly positive result. Broad Chalke CLT have been working in partnership with the Neighbourhood Plan group to deliver a community led housing scheme in the village and this positive result will allow them to progress the submission of a planning application for six affordable homes for people with a local connection to the parish. Homes of Our Own send our congratulations to all involved in this process!

Cricklade Development Foundation are moving forward with their plans to provide community led homes in the town, with the purchase of the police station building. A community share issue with the target of raising £200,000 – with a stretch target of £250,000 is underway in the community.

Locality Resources

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Are you aware there are community led housing resources available from the Locality run My Community website? There is also a really useful search tool on the home page that allows you to search for articles/ advice from ACRE, Co-operatives UK, Groundwork, Local Trust, Locality, MHCLG, NAVCA, NCVO, New Economics Foundation, Plunkett Foundation, Power to Change and Semble.

A community engagement guide is also available via the Locality Website and is titled Engaging your community in a meaningful way, the guide is for voluntary and community sector organisations and has details of various traditional and digital community engagement tools, with overviews of how they work and when best to use them.

Don’t forget the Homes of Our Own resources page for our factsheets on multiple community led housing topic areas including:

Tiny Homes Community

We would love to hear from individuals or groups that are looking to start a tiny homes community in Wiltshire or Swindon, please get in touch if this is something you have been considering.

Community Organising Training for Community Led Housing Groups

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As well as offering grants of up to £2,000 for newly forming community led housing groups, Homes of Our Own are pleased to offer an exclusive Community Organising offer. This free training, worth £500, is part of the package of start-up support for new and emerging community led housing groups supported by Homes of Our Own.

The training will help groups develop strategies around listening, power and actions and, by working through a case study, will allow communities to develop an action plan to suit their housing need. ​Further details can be found in the Community Organising Training Factsheet on the Resources page of our website and for more details about Community Organising, please visit Community Organisers.

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Community First Update – COs

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Community Organisers Katrina and Alex are starting a new short project working to hear about Rural and Digital inequalities in Wiltshire and BANES around Cancer experiences.

Community First would love for you to share your experiences and thoughts around this so that we can feedback to the Clinical

Commissioning Group and give a really clear picture of how being a part of your community affects your thoughts on cancer

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The Community Led Homes Enabler Hub Grants Programme aims to expand the network of specialist regional organisations helping groups of local people to develop their own community led housing solutions. Funded by the Community Housing Fund from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). More information can be found at