Surrey’s Housing Crisis – be part of the solution Tickets, Thu 6 Feb 2020 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Don’t just talk about it, be part of the solution to the housing crisis in Surrey.

Find out what you can do to contribute to the growing Community Led Housing Programme and how community led initiatives can have such a positive effect on the design and planning stages.

Keynote Speaker – Richard Bacon MP Richard was the founder of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Self-Build, Custom & Community Housebuilding and Placemaking, and in the last Parliament he successfully steered into law his Private Member’s Bill, now called the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, to make it easier for individuals and groups to obtain land to build their own homes

Nicholas Boys Smith, co-chair of the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, founding director of Create Streets and commissioner of Historic England. Nicholas is an inspiring and expert speaker who has written extensively on development, planning and the links between design, wellbeing and public support. He’s led ground-breaking research on urban design and community engagement and studied what people want in the built environment finding correlations between built form, social outcomes and valuations.

Paul Milton , Lead campaigner on strategic planning and devolution for the CPRE. He holds an MA in town and country planning, is a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)

Alison Ward, hub manager at Community Led Homes, and associate at Wessex Community Assets. Alison has been a community-led housing advisor since 2010 and has worked with the National Community-Land Trust Network and others to ensure community groups can be sufficiently resourced and supported to deliver housing for their communities. As well as supporting community housing organisations she now oversees the development of advice ‘hubs’ across the country.

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Powering Parks — Possible

Source: Powering Parks — Possible

This is an interesting project of Possible – the new name of 10:10 Climate Action (set up in 2008). The pilot project is in Hackney. Could it work for parks and open spaces under local authority management in Waverley?

There is a report pdf Powering Parks Unearthing the ground source heat potential from parks and public green spaces across Great Britain. Download from the website.

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Upcoming Event: 12.30 – 14.30 tomorrow Friday 6th December The Studio at URC, South Street, Farnham

Making it happen: Affordable Eco-Homes for Farnham

Fed up with expensive developer-led housing and the lack of any local alternative that meets the housing needs of lower income households? Then this would interest you. 

Eco-Homes for Farnham is a proposed community-led housing (CLH) initiative aiming to provide permanently affordable, zero-carbon homes for local people. Set up by people from the local community, it will be an alternative to developer-led housing and to the short-term affordability of corporate social housing. There are successful models of what can be achieved across the UK as well as support and expertise now available to bring local CLH initiatives through to completion. Typically projects are relatively small scale but diverse and flexible in terms of the kinds of housing built.

Here is a short video about Community Led Housing Affordable housing in Surrey – another way

We’re going to give this a go in Farnham. We believe that there is need for affordable, quality homes to house keyworkers in the area as well as innovative co-housing to meet the down-sizing needs of older people. Different housing needs such as co-operative self-build and self help renovation can also be made affordable through the CLH model that puts the community in control.

In order to make this happen we’ll need to create and incorporate the community group that will ultimately run the show. The very first step, then, is to set up a Steering Group with the objective of deciding how the group will run and govern itself and what legal form to take.  Fortunately we have a good local model in the Haslemere Community Land Trust whose experience we can tap into.

To this end we have organised a meeting on Friday 6th December starting 12.30 in the Studio at the Spire/URC in South St. The meeting is hosted by Transition Town Farnham and will be chaired by David Cowan, Community Housing Manager, Surrey Community Action. It will be an opportunity to introduce and update you on the development of Community Led Housing, as well as deciding what we need to do and setting up the Steering Group.

We’ve had to do this at rather short notice and at a busy time of the year, however please come if you can and if you can’t, but want to be involved/supportive, please respond to this email and we’ll let you know of further meetings going forward.

Further links for you to explore:

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Resilient Adaptation and Climate Action: talks and discussions to explore ideas.

Cohousing and Community Led Housing: presentation and discussion.
2.00pm Tuesday 15th October at The Garden Room, Farnham Museum, West Street. Free Event.

You are invited to join a group of people to talk about starting a cohousing or other community-led housing project in Farnham.

A number of people have expressed interest so we want to see if people can come together and share what they want to achieve with a view to starting a project. I know some are interested in cohousing – -cohousing/

Others are interested in the provision of affordable housing along the lines that the group Homes for Hersham – – is working so if could be that we choose to start more than one project.

David Cowan, the Community Housing Project Manager, from Surrey Community Action will be making the presentation –

Do come, if you can. This discussion will build on previous meeting earlier this year and promotion at the Sustainability Festival in June.

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Transition at Farnham Sustainability Festival

Here are pics of our show at the Festival. David brought Big Foot along to get people interested in Population Matters. In the tent we had boards displaying our two new initiatives: Farnham Climate Emergency and Homes for Farnham. It was a very busy day; this shows one of the few quiet moments so you can see the displays clearly. We also promoted the relaunch of our monthly Green Drinks at The Albion. We now have over 130 signatories to the Petition (we need a 1,000) and sufficient interest in Homes for Farnham to set up a pioneer group.

Tent with Big Foot

David canvassing for Population Matters
David with Big Foot
Homes for Farnham attracted a lot of interest
In the sunshine!

There are pdfs of the board displays on the Farnham Climate Emergency and Homes for Farnham webpages on this site. Each pdf presents a key website link to let you explore further and get better informed.

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Farnham Climate Emergency

Here you can find the petition calling on Farnham Town Council to declare a Climate Emergency

This is what the petition says:

It is now clear that the world has less than 12 years to switch away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Reducing energy use and switching to clean energy will also increase energy security, improve air quality, minimise fuel poverty, boost the local economy and provide jobs and training.

It is proposed that Farnham Town Council declares a climate emergency and commits to going carbon neutral by 2030. This will help to raise the profile of this vital issue and secure external support and funding. It is also proposed that Farnham Town Council also signs up to the Covenant of Mayors to track our progress and link with towns around the world who are cutting emissions.

We, the undersigned, call on Farnham Town Council:

1. To declare a “Climate Emergency”.
2. Pledge to make Farnham carbon neutral by 2030.
3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
4. Sign up to the Covenant of Mayors.
5. Develop a detailed plan of action and report back in six months with an update on the actions being taken to address this emergency.

Please sign the petition if you are a resident of Farnham

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Register with Eventbrite

Register with Eventbrite for your place at this free launch event for Extinction Rebellion Farnham, here’s the Eventbrite link

XR Farnham has a facebook page for public comms at

You can join the online group at



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Extinction Rebellion Talk at The Maltings


This a free public talk, please invite anyone you think will be interested to hear our two speaker activists give their account of what Extinction Rebellion is all about.

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Population and Climate Change: More Feet = More Emitters

Talk by David Hepper of Population Matters

Thursday 24th January at 1900 in the Council Chamber of GBC Millmead Offices, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BE.

David comments on his talk “that in discussions of man-made climate change some commentators either make soothing noises to discount the effects of ever-rising global population or wave their hands in the air as if the problem is too hard or too politically sensitive to be faced. Others find this a cop-out”. David Hepper’s talk will look at ways of reducing our individual carbon footprints through various kinds of “green living”, before proposing acceptable national and international policies that can help to defuse the “population bomb”.

boy smiling in rain

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Our SuperHome Retrofit for Energy Efficiency

Talk by Dr Tom Lankester

Wednesday 16th January 2019

7.30 – 9.30 pm at Alton Community Centre

Amery Street, GU34 1HN

Tom's SuperHome retrofit

When Tom and his wife bought their house in Farnham in 1997, they wanted to see what could be done with a fairly standard 80s “box”.  They have achieved significant reductions in carbon emissions and improved comfort too.  Come and find out how they did it!

All welcome.  Free entry.  Bar.

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