Our core membership policy is simple:
There are obviously a few more detailed rules
and these are summarised in this policy
and in our full rules (below)
Our key priority initially is to identify possible sites and get some initial guidance on them from SDNPA planning officers.
Then (before making them public) we will talk to the site owners and see which of them are viable.
At that stage, we will arrange a public meeting to get views from the community - hopefully by the end of 2019 - see the plan below.
We are probably several years away from building anything yet - we need to identify sites, negotiate purchase, and then think about the design of the houses, getting planning permission, etc before we even try to raise the money to build!
When we get nearer to this stage, we'll be asking our members to approve an allocation policy - so you won't find one here yet!.
In order to be approved as a legally registered body, we had to produce detailed rules and have them approved by the Financial Conduct Authority.
You can download the full set of rules below:
'START Society rules'
We approved a fairly simple (but effective) set of rules for our treasurer to operate under, to protect our initially small funds. Once we start raising grants and investment funds to build houses, though, we will be asking members to approve more detailed rules to protect their money! You can download the current policy below.
You will also find other administrative policies such as privacy and data protection.
It will be up to the members to nominate and elect directors at our annual general meetings. The rules for this - and for the board to co-opt people with skills it needs in between AGMs - are in this policy (below). You will also find our code of conduct and our policy on conflicts o interest
If there is any other document you wish to see, please use the 'Contact us' page to ask for it.
You will always find our latest annual report to members, and the formal accounts we submit to our regulator (the Financial Conduct Authority) below.
START board recruitment and election policy (pdf)Download
START financial policy (pdf)Download
START Society rules (approved by FCA) (pdf)Download
START membership policy (pdf)Download
START privacy & data protection policy (pdf)Download
START conflict of interest policy (pdf)Download
START expenses policy (pdf)Download
START site identification plan (pdf)Download
START code of conduct (pdf)Download
START annual report 2020 (pdf)Download
Formal accounts for 2019-20 (pdf)Download
AGM agenda 2020 (pdf)Download
Summary of survey on the future of the village centre and the White Horse (pdf)Download