The Middlemarch Podcast – Episode 9

In the ninth episode of the series, just released, Colin is in conversation with Claude Hendrickson who works as a Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser at Leeds Community Homes. Download the podcast to hear Claude talk about his experiences as project manager of the Frontline Community Self Build project where, during the 1990’s, a dozen young black men from Chapeltown in north east Leeds built their own homes on a former quarry site offered to them by the City Council. Claude was praised by the MP Richard Bacon in his review of Self and Custom Build and he also talks to Colin about diversity within the community led housing sector. If you’ve missed any previous episodes you can also find these on the podcast page of our website.

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The Middlemarch Podcast – Episode 8

Stafford Close, Christow, a development of 18 homes by Teign Housing in partnership with Christow Community Land Trust.

After a short break the latest episode of the Middlemarch Podcast is now available. You can now find us on Apple Podcasts as well as Spotify or Spreaker, so there’s no need to miss a new episode when it’s released. Alternatively, just look on the podcast page on our website.

In this latest episode Colin is in conversation with Pamela Woods who is the Chair of the Dartmoor National Park Authority. Pamela tells us a little bit about planning in a National Park and some of her personal views on housing, but for most of the podcast she tells Colin about the Community Land Trust scheme she was previously involved with at Christow which includes fourteen accredited Passivhaus dwellings.

You can find the latest episode here.

For a different take on the Stafford Close development in Christow, have a look at the short video clip from the BBC Countryfile programme on the projects page of our website.

The Middlemarch Podcast – Episode 7

This month Colin is in conversation with Laura Moss who is a partner at Wrigleys solicitors where she provides professional advice to community led housing groups.

However it’s mostly about her own experiences as part of a newly formed CoHousing group in Cumbria.

The project aims to repurpose an old farm complex and create something more than just a roof over their heads for members of the group.


The Middlemarch Podcast – Episode 6

This month Colin is in conversation with Andrew Bibby, the secretary of Yorkshire based Calder Valley Community Land Trust.

CVCLT have raised community shares, but also gained ‘Registered Provider’ status (to be able to directly access grant from Homes England).

They’ve collaborated with several other local community groups including an Almshouse Trust, building bungalows together on a shared site.

Although their main priority is housing, they’ve taken ownership of a community centre and now have their sights on saving an historic signal box.


Middlemarch Podcast episode 5

In this month’s episode of the Middlemarch Podcast, Colin is in conversation with Scott Jennings, the Secretary of Student Co-op Homes, a national body supporting the growth of local housing co-operatives for students. Scott talks about his experience of housing has a student in Nottingham and how he helped to create Student Co-op Homes, raising money through community shares to start buying property to lease to local co-ops.