The Aldingbourne, Barnham and Eastergate (ABE) CLT was launched at a public meeting in February 2018, when the presentation shown on this site was given by Graham Maunders from the Housing Hub at Action in rural Sussex (AirS). A Steering Group was formed and has begun the process of working up its first scheme to deliver affordable housing for rent or shared ownership (part buy, part rented) in the three parishes.
In February 2019 the CLT plans to launch its membership scheme, which will be open to anyone living or working in the 3 parishes and other supporters interested in obtaining or providing affordable housing here.
The Steering Group would welcome a couple of new members, preferably including someone from the Eastergate or Barnham area. No special experience is necessary as the CLT has advisory support from the AirS Housing Hub. Aldingbourne Parish Council is providing administrative support and has appointed a representative. Barnham and Eastergate Parish Councils have been invited to appoint a representative.
To keep in touch with progress or join the CLT steering group contact the Aldingbourne Parish Clerk, Joanne Brown, at Aldingbourneparishcouncil.gmail.com
The ABE CLT was awarded start up funding by Aldingbourne Parish Council and the National CLT Network has just offered a further grant which will cover the costs of becoming established as a legal entity, marketing and community engagement, a Feasibility Study and Business Plan development, all of which are needed as we work towards delivering our first houses.
The CLT plans to work in partnership with Arun District Council and Housing Associations to deliver and manage affordable housing in the parishes and has met with Arun District Council’s Housing Enablement Manager to discuss the mechanisms for delivery and potential sites. The Steering Group will be meeting Housing Association representatives over the coming months.