Green building/eco village in Bristol. Fancy it???

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Post: #134834 Andy Hamilton
Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:10 pm

OK this has been left somewhat I hope that by replying to the thread it reopens the discussion. I think the idea still stands and as this thread has so far had over 14 000 views (and of course by all the comments) obviously others believe in this idea too.

I would like to start again on this idea perhaps in the new year and perhaps having someone else leading it, taking the active role of motivating people etc. Don't get me wrong I am still enthused about the idea I just feel that organising meetings etc is not necessarily my forte.
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Post: #135495 Rezzo
Fri Dec 26, 2008 5:11 pm

From what I've read so far, the project is outside of my financial and skill limitations, but I'm still interested in attending future meetings, when they occur.

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Post: #135538 mamos
Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:44 pm

Very interesting thread indeed

I would be very interested in coming to a future meeting.

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Post: #135558 MuddyWitch
Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:43 pm

you need to talk to or visit these people in Nottinghamshire:

http://www.bioregional.com/programme_pr ... ed_hpg.htm

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Post: #135573 invisiblepiper
Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:06 pm

Take a look at Findhorn - Morayshire.
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Post: #135580 Shirley
Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:39 pm

If you fancy another visit Andy, we could go and visit Findhorn - it's been on my 'to do' list for a while.
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Post: #135585 mamos
Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:21 pm

All this talk of meeting up at different venues has got me thinking.

How about arranging an ish meet up at an appropriate venue like CAT

Just a thought

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Post: #135668 gigglybug
Sun Dec 28, 2008 8:37 pm

I would be interested in coming to the meetings, sounds great! :bom:
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Post: #135721 mamos
Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:20 am

Meeting thread started :thumbleft:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12480

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Post: #135749 Nomada
Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:08 pm

the.fee.fairy wrote:oooh ooh...are there any banks that would give mortgages for green homes to be built/live-in tipis/yurts etc?

Because...then there would be a lot more interest rather than people just dreaming about it, they'd be more inclined to build green.


http://www.ecology.co.uk/

Does this fit the bill? Me and blokey want to apply for funding for a woodland but they also do loans and mortgages for energy efficent housing and low impact living. Hope it's useful.
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Post: #135849 gigglybug
Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:33 pm

Great link!

I didn't think you could get them, that makes it much more do-able for me! :cheers:
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Post: #150628 Linda1
Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:59 pm

I think this is a great idea, and I would be interested in finding out more. If there are any meetings then please let me know.

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Post: #151024 whartonski
Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:00 pm

These guys could be useful for finance:

http://www.ecology.co.uk/

Sounds like the sort of thing that needs a co-ordinator to lead on. I reckon a business plan could be:

1) Get expressions of interest from seriously interested individuals.

2) Do a skills audit. (reckon lawyers would be useful for initial phases - both for drafting the agreement and liasing with planners)

3) Work out best low-cost strategy. (how to access govt/ trusts funding - what is best way to incorporate the 'group' charity, ltd co, CLC, etc). Could a eco-build training co be established to access LSC funding?

4) Do a funding audit - what is the minimum buy-in? Are there entry requirements? Can a pooled loan be considered for an incorporated group?


5) Then start hunting for land/ considering built techniques etc.

Sounds like a lot of work, but could be a great project. Don't want to sound like a nazi breadhead, but a good business plan would really be the starting point. (I think that if enough people agreed in principal to create it as a clc or co-operative it might well be possible to access funding from the co-op's community fund to pay for a co-ordinator to lead on it for 6 months).

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Post: #151070 whartonski
Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:06 am

Thinking about this a bit more, is there any mileage in scoping to see if there's demand for self-build groups across the UK & how to set up online support mechanisms? Does this exist elsewhere? This site does seem to have good traffic, so could possibly make a successful go at this.

On another tack, a few years ago a northern council sold houses in deprived areas for £1 - it revitalised the areas & now those same houses are of comparable value to similar houses in 'sought after' areas. Is there any mileage in identifying potential areas ripe for community development? I know around Leeds there are certain villages where you can get a 3 bed house with garden close to transport links for less than £40k because the community has effectively died & drugs & crime taken over. I could see potential for some sort of club to agree to all buy in such a village with the aim of strengthening the positive community elements and re-invigorating the area. Would need to be properly planned, but could offer a quicker alternative to self-building for people who can't afford to buy in reasonable areas.

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Post: #156462 boboff
Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:03 pm

This may be useful to you to get a community base set up.

It would have to be a village though


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