Since filming, Bristol City Council have refused C&C’s ‘Permitted Development’ application to develop Hamilton House into flats.
This means they are required to put in a full regular planning application, which is open to public consultation.
This is a positive development, and slows down the process of development – but it does not mean Hamilton House is saved!
Now is the time to make our voices heard, to let C&C and Bristol City Council know the thoughts and feelings of the community regarding the future of Hamilton House!
A good place to start is by signing the petition: you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-hamilton-house
and sharing this video! #LetUsCoExist #savehamiltonhouse #communityownership #ourfuture #peoplenotprofit
Special thanks to @ballawaves for documenting the day and providing us with such beautiful footage in order to spread our message. Head over to facebook.com/ballawaves for more beautiful video, illustration and design work!
A bit of background info... (head to hamiltonhouse.org/our-future/ to read more and stay up to date)
Coexist CIC have been running Hamilton House for over 9 years. Over this time its role as community hub has been a major factor in the regeneration of the Stokes Croft area.
Connolly & Callaghan, the owners of the building, intend to convert the rear two-thirds of Hamilton House - which currently houses a vibrant eco-system of studio spaces - into "affordable housing". They also intend to raise the rent on the remaining commercial spaces by 400%.
This price hike would compromise the support Coexist currently offer to community organisations such as Bristol Drugs Project or Borderlands, a charity supporting refugees, through subsidised or even free rental of spaces.
In May 2017 Coexist submitted a bid to C&C to buy Hamilton House so that it could become a resource owned and managed by the community. Despite offering C&C a healthy profit on their investment, which would enable them to re-invest the capital into numerous other projects, this bid was declined.
Community ownership would give Coexist and many of the businesses and projects located at Hamilton House the opportunity to become genuinely sustainable.
If Coexist owned Hamilton House on behalf of the community - with local people becoming shareholders and members - everyone would have a voice in its future.
The interest on loans to finance the purchase would be paid to an ethical bank. This would reduce the flow of money from our community to corporate banks that invest in Big Pharma, Fossil Fuels and the Arms Trade.