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Community-led housing surgery with Cumbria ACT
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
A session with legal and professional advisers for active groups with technical queries on community-led housing.
Ticket prices
Standard ticket £ 0.00
February 27th, 2020 10:00 AM   through   12:30 PM
59A Stramongate
The Meeting Room,
The Tapestry Museum
Friends Meeting House
Kendal, CMA LA9 4BH
United Kingdom
Community-led housing surgery with Cumbria ACT

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Cumbria ACT are offering a free surgery opportunity with legal and other professional advisors for groups with technical queries on community-led housing. The event will be useful for those who are looking for partners and to understand finance options as well as to groups at an early stage in developing their ideas. 

There will be free 1 to 1 surgery time (15-20 minutes) with all of the following: 

  • Homes England - the public body which funds affordable homes
  • Wrigley's Solicitors - legal advisors with a specialist community-led housing team
  • South Lakeland District Council - currently managing community homes fund money for the South Lakes area
  • Andy Lloyd - national community land trust network advisor
  • South Lakes Housing - a registered provider, and the largest provider of social housing in South Lakeland
  • The Community Led Housing Hub for Cumbria and Lancaster - offering guidance on community engagement and building partnerships

There will also be an opportunity to meet other people working on housing projects over a networking lunch. 

The surgery is completely free but booking is essential as places are limited by the 1-1 nature of the event.

For this event, participants should book as a group. There is room for 8 groups over the course of the morning and the maximum group size is 3 people.

After you've booked your groups place, get your timeslot by contacting ACT on 01228 817593 or email

Learn from a success story

You're warmly invited to stay after the surgery to hear from Anna Hope, one of the leaders on the Ashley Vale redevelopment project. Booking for this is essential. 

Book onto the Ashley Vale project session.

When a group of residents of the Ashley Vale area of Bristol were concerned about the prospect of commercial development of a site at the heart of their community, they decided to take action.

After they formed a cooperative to purchase and redevelop the land themselves, the award-winning Ashley Vale self-build project was born. The site is now a hub of community activity incorporating housing, business and leisure spaces with the value of sustainability at its heart.

Read more about the Ashley Vale development & see pics

Cost - This workshop is offered free, as part of work delivering the Community Led Housing Hub Cumbria and Lancaster, which provides support and access to technical expertise for groups making new, affordable homes for their communities.

Venue & timings - This event will be in Kendal in the Tapestry Museum at the Friends meeting house from 10am to 12.30pm

Accessibility and parking

There is limited car parking space at the venue except for pre-arranged disabled parking spaces. These must be booked beforehand with the venue which you can do by emailing or calling 01539 722975.


The Hub is hosted by ACT and has been set up by a consortium of local councils:
•    Allerdale Borough Council
•    Carlisle City Council
•    Copeland Borough Council
•    Eden District Council
•    Lancaster City Council
•    South Lakeland District Council


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Find out more >

This event is also part of our ongoing programme of Green Build & Sustainable Living events.

Event information
Type Talk
Category Community-led housing, Cumbria Green Build & Sustainable Living Festival
Audience Open to all
Topic Climate change & sustainability, Community buildings, Community consultation & development, New-build & retrofit
Funders Community-led Housing Hub Cumbria & Lancaster
Partners Cumbria ACT

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