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Thanks to those who came along to our launch event on 20th June at Three Rivers Academy. We were encouraged by the support we received and grateful to have some more volunteers for the steering group. We now need to develop Homes for Hersham a bit more, agree some more focused aims and then hold another community meeting. Let us know if you want to receive updates. When it comes to housing, there is another way!

There is another way

Up and down the country more and more groups are successfully completing projects that provide affordable homes for local people in their communities. We think we can do the same in Hersham. Get involved and help us find a better way to create homes.

There is another way

Up and down the country more and more groups are successfully completing projects that provide affordable homes for local people in their communities. We think we can do the same in Hersham. Get involved and help us find a better way to create homes.

There is another way

Up and down the country more and more groups are successfully completing projects that provide affordable homes for local people in their communities. We think we can do the same in Hersham. Get involved and help us find a better way to create homes.

We’re a group of local people frustrated with the cost of homes in Hersham. We want to see homes that are suitable for local people that our children can afford.

Who we are

We’re a group of local people frustrated with the cost of homes in Hersham. We want to see homes that are suitable for local people that our children can afford.
We’re finding out what type of housing people in Hersham actually want and we’re going to see if we can provide those homes. We’re thinking about starting a Community Land Trust which is a not for profit, community-controlled organisation that could arrange the provision of the homes we want and make sure they are affordable.

What we’re doing

We’re finding out what type of housing people in Hersham actually want and we’re going to see if we can provide those homes. We’re thinking about starting a Community Land Trust which is a not for profit, community-controlled organisation that could arrange the provision of the homes we want and make sure they are affordable.

Find out more about Community Land Trusts

Any Questions?

Any Questions?

We’re still an informal group without an office or a phone number and we won’t be able to answer every question but look at our frequently asked questions page to see if it answers any queries you have. If you can’t see your answer there get in touch using the contact form or via our Facebook page.

Get involved

Get involved

We’re looking for community led solutions to our housing need. Join our conversation online – join our Facebook group

Offer your time

Any project will require input from people with many different skills including community engagement, finance, property development, law and accounting. Get in touch – use our contact form

What is Community Led Housing?

Community led housing is inspired and controlled by the community. It’s built to meet the housing needs of local people and is not for profit. It doesn’t necessarily look any different from other types of housing, but it exists for local people who can’t afford the cost of housing on the open market.

We’re thinking about starting a Community Land Trust. Here’s a short video that explains what a Community Land Trust is.

Find out more on the National CLT Network’s website.

Some examples of Community Land Trusts

Village residents set up a Community Land Trust to address a shortage of affordable homes and, in partnership with Aster housing association, built 6 new homes for local people to rent at an affordable rate. These homes have helped maintain a sustainable and balanced village community.

Toller Porcorum, Dorset

Village residents set up a Community Land Trust to address a shortage of affordable homes and, in partnership with Aster housing association, built 6 new homes for local people to rent at an affordable rate. These homes have helped maintain a sustainable and balanced village community.
The Rural Urban Synthesis Society in Lewisham is about to build a development of 33 homes on land previously owned by the council. The scheme has planning permission and finance in place and a contractor has recently been appointed. The homes range from one to four-bedroom, some are available to rent and some to buy at discounted prices.

Lewisham, London

The Rural Urban Synthesis Society in Lewisham is about to build a development of 33 homes on land previously owned by the council. The scheme has planning permission and finance in place and a contractor has recently been appointed. The homes range from one to four-bedroom, some are available to rent and some to buy at discounted prices.
Started by members of Churches Together, Keswick Community Housing Trust has developed affordable homes across three sites in Keswick. Their first homes were developed on land bought from a church and following a successful first development the trust was able to go on to develop more homes for sale and rent to local people at a discount.

Keswick, Cumbria

Started by members of Churches Together, Keswick Community Housing Trust has developed affordable homes across three sites in Keswick. Their first homes were developed on land bought from a church and following a successful first development the trust was able to go on to develop more homes for sale and rent to local people at a discount.