. . . the START of truly affordable housing in the heart of the rural South Downs!

START Community Trust is a new (April 2019) community land trust established by the three neighbouring parishes of Rogate, Stedham-with-Iping and our own. Its primary aim is to build low-cost housing (for local residents only), and these houses would remain owned by the local members for ever.

Like all community land trusts, in order to access government and other grants, it needs to demonstrate that it has community support, so it has now started signing up voting members (at £1 each) via its own website at: www.start-ct.org.uk

START is working through a list of 20 or so potential sites, talking to the SDNPA planning team, landowners, etc. If any sites look to be worth pursuing further, it will need to do viability / environmental and other assessments and then arrange member meetings to get community reactions, so this could take some time (most CLTs take an average of 3-4 years to reach this point!). To have your say, please sign up as a voting member, as a potential partner or even just to join our mailing list: www.start-ct.org.uk

Community land trusts, though, can also do anything from owning and running a post office, shop or pub, to providing car parks and playgrounds and other community services and facilities. START is therefore setting up a charitable arm that can apply for funds and provide "back-office" (virtual meetings, email forwarding, website pages, databases, etc) for all sorts of local bodies.

For queries, please email info@start-ct.org.uk