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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Newspaper article Errata.

The Argus 24.09.19. -- Little Ships' was formed in March, it's team has the expertise and experience to deliver the King Alfred Quarter. -- Little Ships has yet to approach Brighton and Hove City Council and the Starr Trust about KAQ at the time of going to press.


2. Why the name "Little Ships"?

Good question. See our blog dated 13/08/18.


3. Why did you run a Lottery?

Unfortunately, life is a lottery. The factors determining who gets to live in an affordable, decent and secure home depends largely on when you decided to be born or who you decided your parents would be. If you were born before 1980 or have a wealthy family, your chances of having an affordable, decent and secure home are much higher than the younger less wealthy members of our society.

Unfortunately we didn't raise our target of £250K for start up funding. We got drowned out by Brexit. Not to worry though, we'd already secured nearly half that amount from investors and will carry on working with investors to make Little Ships happen.


4. Why does Little Ships need to raise so much money at the start?

Once Little Ships is up and running, it will pay for itself, but before then we need a lot of money to get going. Getting buildings built is expensive of course, but it's actually quite straight forward to borrow the large sums of money needed to pay for the site and build the homes. Before then, you need to get control of a site and get planning permission to build on it. This costs between £2K and £10K per home, depending on the complexity of the proposal. Designing a small simple home on an easy site only needs an architect's design and a small council planning fee.

Designing lots of flats in a tight urban site that is owned by different parties might need legal agreements, a right to light consultant, a ground contamination report, an archaeology report, an ecological impact assessment, a planning consultant, a highways and transportation report, etc. etc. as well as the design consultants (architect, landscape architect, structural engineer, lighting designer etc.) and of course a much bigger council planning fee. We'll ask local and central government for money, but first we want to establish whether the general public support our idea.


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