Chris Carthy

An accredited Community Led Homes adviser

Counties: All of England

Biography: I am an experienced advisor and project manager supporting community-led housing initiatives at all stages of their journey. My background is in architecture and planning, and I have worked for several years in the affordable housing development sector. I have worked with a range of CLTs, co-housing groups and self-build projects to assist in establishing themselves, planning out projects, securing land, becoming investment ready, creating partnerships with housing providers and – crucially – to put in place solid foundations to successfully deliver new kinds of projects.

My work is most often in London, the south-west and north-west, but I work across England. A brief summary of my current and recent experience is:

  • I am currently development manager for RUSS Community Land Trust’s first project for 33 new affordable, partly self-built homes in south London, a role which I have undertaken since 2017, including securing planning, £1m in grant funding, £7m in bank lending, the site lease and finding the right building contractor.
  • I currently advise St Ann’s Redevelopment Trust (StART), a CLT working to maximise affordable housing and community benefits on a major locally important site in north London

  • Governance and financial viability support to Fishponds Co-Build for their 20-home new-build project and community space in inner city Bristol

  • Supporting Manchester Urban Co-housing (MUCH) to establish a partnership agreement with a major regional housing association

  • Facilitating Ambition Lawrence Weston, a neighbourhood forum in Bristol, with a feasibility study for council-owned land and their process to select an architect

  • Supporting Surrey Community Action with learning towards a fledgling self-build project in Guildford.

In my spare time I am a volunteer trustee for Forest CLT, a recently established Community Land Trust near my home in east London.

Phone: 07732830350


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