Coming Home: how the Church is looking to release brownfield land for housing

The Coming Home report made headlines when it was published in February.
It set out the Church of England initiative to use land to create affordable housing. The Church owns considerable amounts of recyclable brownfield land in cities and towns and is developing a strategy to release it for affordable housing, especially for younger people and families. This links with CPRE’s campaign on brownfield and could encourage synergy locally on the use of brownfield.
To share more widely the Church’s plans, Canon Chris Beales presented a talk to CPRE focusing largely on the Coming Home report.
Chris describes himself as a social entrepreneur working in housing and education and on issues of faith and economy locally, nationally and internationally. He pioneered government work with faith communities.
He has written and published two books and contributed to other books and magazines. He is an Anglican minister, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Visiting Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University.
He was one of the Commissioners of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church & Community.

  • To view Canon Chris Beales’s presentation, click here

Friday, April 30, 2021

Kent, Our Kent: how our churches can speak to us

A holy place: St Thomas à Becket Church sits in this Romney Marsh field

Today’s contribution to Kent, Our Kent – in which we asked for photographs showing what we love about our county – comes from Henny Shotter, who takes up the story…
“I try to visit every old church I pass and Kent has many jewels. These holy places can speak to you even if you are not religious in the traditional sense.
“They also preserve more than anything else local history – in the building, in the monuments and the gravestones in the churchyard.
“The photos are of St Thomas à Becket in Fairfield on Romney Marsh. The church sits in this field and is surrounded by grazing sheep.
“The inside of the brick building is a huge surprise…”

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