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The Byker Community Trust (‘BCT’) was incorporated in September 2011 under the Industrial and Provident Society Act 1965 with charitable objectives. BCT is also a ‘registered provider’ of social housing.

In July 2012 a stock transfer from Newcastle City Council was completed and BCT became the owner of 1,800 properties. The creation of BCT has had the whole hearted support of Newcastle City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and English Heritage. The proposal for the stock transfer was also supported by the tenants of the estate who voted in favour of the transfer in a ballot in June/July 2011.

The government wrote off the historic debt associated with the Estate which enabled BCT to secure funding from the Yorkshire Building Society (a loan facility of up to £12m over the next 5 years).

Byker is a special and unique place because of what it is today and because of how it was created. Unlike many other housing estates developed on the 1960’s and 1970’s the estate was Grade II* listed in 2007.

The vision of BCT is ‘to secure for the Byker Estate high quality sustainable housing and services, where people want to live and work with a sense of pride in their homes and communities.

The people who call the Byker estate home are a proud and passionate community. They have a high sense of belonging to their community and are committed to improving their environment for themselves, their families and their neighbours. Following extensive consultation as you have seen, they positively voted for BCT’s existence and want to take responsibility for improving their environment in the future.

By voting for the stock transfer in 2012, they voted to have a bigger influence in how their Estate is managed and focus on what their priorities are, not what others think they should be. With four tenant members sitting on the Board, their knowledge, understanding, impact and expertise will be invaluable to ensure the services provided and investments made are in line with what they believe will best benefit the community.

Please follow the link below to read about what The Observer had to say about the Byker estate.

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2013/nov/16/architecture-housing#/?picture=422505617&index=0#