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Millions of people, especially the young, are having their plans and dreams ruined by the lack of affordable, decent and secure homes.

Little Ships is a not-for-profit solution to the housing crisis.

We will build affordable homes on underused land owned by public bodies (such as councils and public service providers) giving them a small income stream. When the cost of development is paid off, they own the homes on their land. The housing crisis can end.

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Increasing the quality and diversity of new homes

Many small developments of contextual, individually designed homes will increase the variety and choice of homes for a community.

There are many other benefits that come with the Little Ships solution to the housing crisis...

Boosting Local Business

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) are better able to design, supply and build Little Ships projects, meaning greater competition and more diversity.

Instead of building hundreds of new homes in one place which requires a large contractor with substantial resources, the small and many nature of Little Ships’ projects means that smaller local companies can compete, helping the local economy.

Economies of scale can still be achieved, for example by providing a pipeline of projects to be completed in series by a small capable business.

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Buying from local suppliers keeps money in the area

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Small specialist sub-contractors benefit from a wide variety of small projects

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Pre-fabrication will play an important role in ensuring high quality and minimising disruption on occupied sites.

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We must reduce the loss of countryside to new homes. This is Billingshurst (West Sussex) in 2017...

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...and this is the same view in 2018.

Protecting our Countryside

Building new homes in our towns and cities (where lots of people want to live anyway) reduces the loss of our countryside and our reliance on cars.

Ecological building design and the incorporation of green design features will be a key component of all our projects.

Public Sector Income

An income stream is better than selling land as cash payments often end up just benefitting central government budgets.

Little Ships will build homes on the land belonging to the public body who will pay back the cost of development over 25-50 years, during which time they receive a small income in the form of rent, all managed by a reputable Housing Association.

When they've paid everything off, they take ownership of the flats and receive all the income.

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Homes for Key Workers

The opportunity to live near your work in the centre of town is very attractive to many, especially key worker professions which have staff retention issues such as nursing, teaching, police, fire, ambulance, etc.

Small is beautiful

Little Ships sites are an average of just 10 homes each. This allows a town/city to spread the burden of population growth more evenly, avoiding hot-spots.

Large blocks of flats are often too bulky and rows and rows of new houses often spoil our countryside.

A big block of flats or a field full of houses also means too many people in one place, creating demand hot-spots for schools, doctors and dentists, or congestion for public and private transport.

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Eight flats on a rooftop. Small needn't be boring

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It's popular

Unlike squeezing large blocks of flats into our streets or concreting over our countryside, the idea of making better use of publicly owned property is quite popular.

Our launch-day crowdfund generated a huge amount of goodwill and support from the general public, especially amongst children and young adults. Click here to see some of the comments.

It's lower risk

  • The abundance of sites means the easiest / most valuable sites can be chosen first.
  • There is very strong demand from Investment and Pension companies for our build to rent schemes.
  • A problem on a 10 home site is less disruptive than on a 100 home site.
  • Completing 10 homes is faster than 100 homes, reducing debt requirements.
  • Key worker tenants (teachers, nurses, police, etc.) mean a strong covenant managed by a Housing Association.
  • A mix of affordable and market homes reduces reliance on one sector and helps create diverse communities.
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