Policies and downloads - see the download links below

Membership policy

Our core membership policy is simple:

  • you must be over 18 years of age
  • you must be on the electoral role of one of our three parishes

There are obviously a few more detailed rules 

and these are summarised in this policy 

and in our full rules (below)

Site identification and acquisition

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.

Housing allocation

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!.

Full legal registration document and rules of the trust

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'

Financial policy

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.

Directors & other policies and documents

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.


START board recruitment and election policy (pdf)


START financial policy (pdf)


START Society rules (approved by FCA) (pdf)


START membership policy (pdf)


START privacy & data protection policy (pdf)


START conflict of interest policy (pdf)


START expenses policy (pdf)


START site identification plan (pdf)


START code of conduct (pdf)