People-led homes, from big society dreams, to local community reality
Transition Towns Milton Keynes Event on Housing
A great meeting with 40 people and several local organisations represented: Citizens MK, Community Action, Elderflowers, Fred Roche Foundation, MK Forum, Giffard Park Housing Co-operative, Rainbow Housing Co-op, Still Green and Xplain, and including also Scott Jennings, board member of Students for Co-operation and member of Nottingham Student Housing Co-operative. http://www.students.coop, who gave us a quick introduction to the his organisation.
Videos were shown about Community Land trusts, self build & right to build, Granby Four Streets community-led regeneration in Liverpool, Lilac co-housing group in Leeds with their straw bale houses and (OWCH), Older Women Co-Housing in Barnet, London.
A final section of options suitable for young people of the millennial generation as well as future new generations showed student co-op homes, co-living in London and a UK maker of Beautiful small homes (“Tiny House”)
Prospective self and custom builders and groups who want to develop group housing are encouraged to sign up to the Milton Keynes council’s “Self Build register”, found at: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/property/self-build-register
In accordance with central government Under the Self-Build & Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, Milton Keynes Council are obliged to maintain a register of individuals or groups seeking to acquire land in the Borough for self-build or custom-build homes, as are all local authorities in the UK, .
The council are then obliged to find land that can be offered for the buildings. A number of local groups are taking action to scale things up and allow access to more genuinely affordable homes for all, including MK Community Land Trust (http://mkclt.org) whose progress can be read about in their newsletter found at https://tinyurl.com/yb9nqxnn and Community Housing Action:MK, at https://www.facebook.com/CommunityHousingAction/
A lot of people signed up to stay involved with the group, and Alissa of Community Action:MK offered support with setting up community led housing initiatives in Milton Keynes, by people signing up for Community Action’s courses on an Introduction to Good Governance.