SOUTHERN HOUSING SOCIETY - SHS
The United Kingdom is experiencing housing shortages and property prices rocketing out of control because of Government policies that have failed to control inflation or to index link the cost of living with the cost of houses. This situation effectively enslaves working class people on a low income, preventing them aspiring to home ownership and relegating them to a life of rented accommodation and so an artificially high price to pay for a roof over their head.
When the state stopped building low cost housing, they gave free reign to wealthy landowners to put up rents with very little by way of control. Hence, a typical rental will now cost more than twice the equivalent mortgage - and the house is never yours.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
There is nothing much you can do about the political agenda, such as to force politicians to mend their ways. The UK Government has given directions to local authorities to build more affordable housing, but local councils are unable to do so for a number of reasons. Indeed, since selling off their council housing to raise fast budget money, councils are in just as big a dilemma as before, if not worse, because the profits from rentals that they would have enjoyed, now go into private hands or big business with no social benefits deriving locally whatsoever.
This is because many local politicians (councillors and council officers in the UK) are beholden to big business and landowners even if they don't realise it. Despite the fact that they could if they so chose, exercise their powers of compulsory purchase to free up land for affordable development. The unprecedented National Debt, that has been rising unchecked since at least 2008, in in part due to unsustainable practices. Sustainability is affordability. If you cannot afford something it is not sustainable. Thus our society is at present unsustainable and dangerously unstable.
What you can do as an individual is to opt out of the rat race by joining a local housing group that follows guidelines similar to ours. Our geographical area is the South Coast and we are based in Sussex.
At the moment our membership covers the Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden Districts in East Sussex.
WHAT ARE THE SHS's RULES?
The SHS uses a set of common sense guidelines for groups of people with a shared goal; to own their own home at an affordable price.
It's a bit like a building society, but large building societies as you might see on the high street, do not build houses for their members. That is one of the biggest differences. All high street building societies do is lend money that you can use to buy a high priced house from a traditional property developer, many of which are listed on this site by way of example.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
The plot that is allocated to each member is approximately 900m2. That can be in an oblong or a square shape, examples of which you can see below shown as an individual plot and below that arranged in a street formation - by way of examples. The footprint of an 18.4 x 6 meter (60 x 20ft) home is shown in brown. In practice the shape of plot will be dictated by the service roads and alignment with the sun. These plots are exceptionally generous, and for this reason no infill will be allowed - to preserve the amenity (tranquility) for neighbors in perpetuity. The position of your home on your plot is a matter of individual taste, though some kind of order is preferred for the supply of services. The reason for adopting a street pattern is because of the cost of putting in a service road. We are aiming to have more space, such that a conventional street pattern as seen below (by way of example) is unlikely to meet with our objectives.
30x30 meter regular plot in a street formation
40x22.5 meter irregular plot in a street formation. Whatever format is adopted, the development needs roads and other community services, and that is bound to mould the layout of any site.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Presentations will be arranged for groups on request in the Eastbourne area from January of 2014. Please use the contact information here to email us for the next group meeting. How green is your pasture?
This will be published as soon as it is agreed between the founding members.
A selection of famous views in and around the south of England. We live in a beautiful country, we aim to keep it that way with houses that are as near zero carbon as we can afford to make them.
LEWES DISTRICT BUSINESS AWARDS 2014
LEWES DISTRICT COMPANY OF THE YEAR - sponsored by The Santon Group
Lewes is a local government district in East Sussex in southern England covering an area of 113 sq mi (290 km2), with 9 miles (14.5 km) of coastline. It is named after its administrative centre, Lewes. Other towns in the district include Newhaven, Peacehaven, Seaford and Telscombe. Plumpton racecourse is within the district. There are 28 parishes in the district.
Eastbourne's greater area comprises the town of Polegate, and the civil parishes of Willingdon and Jevington, Stone Cross, Pevensey, Westham, and Pevensey Bay village. All are part of the Wealden District. Within Eastbourne's limits are:
Eastbourne Borough Council is responsible for local governance, with representation provided by twenty seven councillors from nine wards, with elections to the council being held every four years. The 2011 election resulted in a council made up of 15 Liberal Democrat and 12 Conservative councillors. The council operates out of a Victorian town hall designed by W. Tadman Foulkes, and built between 1884 and 1886 under supervision of Henry Currey, the Duke of Devonshire's architect. East Sussex County Council has responsibility for education, libraries, social services, civil registration, trading standards and transport. Out of the 49 seats, nine are filled by the Eastbourne wards. The 2009 East Sussex County Council election resulted in 29 Conservatives, 13 Liberal Democrats, 4 Labour and 3 Independent, of which Eastbourne provided 6 Liberal Democrats and 3 Conservatives.
Wealden is a local government district in East Sussex, England: its name comes from the Weald, the area of high land that occupies the centre of its area.
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