Currently, and as you may have read on this website, the majority* of BVT tenants do not have the Right to Buy their home as the Trust is a registered charity.
In October, the Government accepted a proposal from the National Housing Federation, which represents all housing associations, to voluntarily accept Right to Buy without the need for legislation.
The implications of this extension for Bournville Village Trust (BVT) remain unclear and there is still a huge amount of detail to emerge, including probable exemptions for properties bestowed for charitable purposes like some of our older homes.
Therefore, we are not able to provide detailed information at this stage about how exactly it will impact upon residents and when.
BVT has always been and continues to be proud of its mixed community ethos, which is reflected in the fact that Bournville is split just about equally between social housing and owner-occupied homes.
This split isn’t a coincidence. Chocolate-maker and philanthropist George Cadbury created Bournville, not for the workers of his chocolate factory as often believed but for people from a wide range of backgrounds.
Part of the Trust’s role was, as it is today, to protect the development of Bournville and ensure that a mix of people can continue to enjoy the high-quality housing and open spaces that typify the estate.
We believe that extending Right to Buy to housing associations means that George’s ethos of a mixed community could be significantly eroded.
This is not to say that helping people to own their own home is not important to the Trust. We support home ownership where we can by building homes for shared ownership as well as rent.
Our care village, College Green, will create new homes, free up existing family-sized social housing in Bournville, integrate housing, health and social care services, and create new jobs.
We will continue to update this website as and when more details are available to us.
*Except for those with ‘the preserved Right to Buy’