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Regenerating regional towns and their rural hinterlands

22/04/2021 at 12:15 - 13:15

Presented by Tim Crabtree

Raise the Roof is an innovative partnership of locally rooted organisations (The Arts Development Company, Bridport Area Community Housing, Bridport Town Council, Common Ground and Dorset Woodhub). The partnership is convened by Wessex Community Assets, which provides enabling services for community-led housing initiatives, and is working with the architects Assemble Studio, winners of the Turner Prize.

They are motivated by questions, which are relevant to communities in towns across the UK:

  • Can we build in such a way that we help maintain and create jobs within a resilient local economy?
  • Can we imagine new and creative designs and construction methods for the houses we want to build – and ensure they are affordable?
  • Can we draw on sustainable materials that flow out of regenerative forestry and agriculture?


The project is developing a model for locally rooted manufacturing and the construction of affordable housing, linked to regenerative land use, by:

  • Supporting the local farming community in the production and processing of sustainable resources, in particular, timber, hemp and flax;
  • Supporting the community to develop processing and fabrication infrastructure;
  • Supporting the community to build affordable housing drawing on local materials and local infrastructure.

The seminar will outline the project’s work over the last two years and the next stages of development.

Tim Crabtree is the Development Director of Wessex Community Assets, a social enterprise he co-founded in 2001. He is undertaking a part-time PhD with Plymouth University on innovation in affordable housing. He has taught in various higher education settings for 15 years, combining this teaching with practical action research in affordable housing, community renewables and local food and farming systems. He has worked with rural community councils, the New Economics Foundation and a social enterprise development agency in Bristol.

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The webinar will take place on the Zoom platform which may require registration. This is free and we recommend that you do so in advance to avoid disappointment.

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