Open Culture Project delivers a variety of services to the local community including women’s discussion club, arts and crafts workshops, library service, and a number of cultural and social events to assist with integration and living within the area. OCP supports individuals and community groups with fulfilling their aspirations and ambitions. One of the group emerged through our work is Hay Habitat.
Hay Habitat aims to fight the shortage of affordable, eco friendly housing in urban areas and make it possible for participants to self-build energy sufficient and ecological houses using local materials and local community.
Hay Habitat aims to fight the shortage of affordable, eco friendly housing in urban areas and make it possible for participants to self-build energy sufficient and ecological houses using local materials and local community. We believe that designs should be functional and environmentally sustainable therefore we chose straw bale technique. By encouraging communities to build their own houses they will not only meet their housing needs but also develop a capable and motivated team of residents committed to the ecological aims of the project, working and living together in a spirit of community integration. Custom build houses in UK are still considered as only for those with specialist knowledge and money. We want to empower people to gather talents on group self-build projects, learn new skills, gain knowledge and construct sustainable homes at a fraction of the market cost. Communities involved in building their own housing don’t just build homes for themselves they build strong, sustainable and resilient communities. Our aim is to get rid of the barriers that stop people getting on with it. We aim to include people who so far had no sufficient credit score to get onto property ladder including young professionals and couples, single parents, migrants, and people with disabilities.
We aim to cooperate with businesses, community groups, local and central authorities to move the project forward. We secured the funding from DCLG and Cabinet Office to implement community rights included in Localism Act, and we will be focusing on using Right to Build.