Jon Broome, a pioneering architect who worked with self-build legend Walter Segal, is currently involved with the Rural Urban Synthesis Society’s self-build housing project and community land trust in Lewisham. He has concerns that the plans announced in July by communities secretary Sajid Javid to ban the sale of new homes on a leasehold basis as well as exploitative ground rents, could have unforeseen repercussions for community land trusts like RUSS.

He said: “The important thing is to make sure they don’t screw everything up and stop the creation of housing that’s affordable in perpetuity. That’s the whole point of an exercise like RUSS. Clearly some people are taking advantage of the leasehold system and we need a legislative framework to prevent that, but one that doesn’t prevent the benefits of using public land.”

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