What's a community land trust and what do we do?
Bradley Big Local Community Land Trust is a community benefit society. That means we are owned by those who live in the ward of Bradley in Nelson, Lancashire, and our members.
Anyone over the age of 16 can join the Trust and the money we get from membership shares helps us fund our work in Bradley.
Our priorities are to help provide affordable homes and services and bring about environmental improvements across the Bradley and Hodge House areas. Being a community owned business gives us access to grants and specific funding and any land we acquire, property we build or rent becomes a community asset.
Current work is focussed on our development of four semi-detached houses on derelict land at Beech Street and Hodge House Community Centre, off Regent Street. Each of these projects has a dedicated page on this website.
WHO ARE WE?
Bradley Big Local Community Land Trust is run by a voluntary Board of Directors - all of them live or work in Bradley, or close by, and dedicate their free time to securing and managing lasting improvements for the community and the area.
In a previous role as Programme Support consultant for Bradley Big Local Partnership, Shazad oversaw the establishment of BBL Community Land Trust. He became a Director in July 2021. Shazad is also a non-executive director for Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT, NHS GM Integrated Care Board and Together Housing Association.
Our Development Support consultant:
Sara Willoughby provides the Trust with support and guidance in the development, organisation and management of our projects. She also assists in the governance and management of the Trust itself, making sure that we have suitable policies and procedures for all areas of our work and that there are good record keeping systems in place (and that they're kept up to date). Sara is a social housing management professional with many years experience of working in the local area.