Latest NCLT and community housing news
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26th September 2019
NCLT News: successful Cohesive Communities Fund : applicants announced

National Housing Association update
23rd August 2019

Social Housing in the spotlight: roundup of media activities

https://www.housing.org.uk/latest-updates/social-housing-in-the-spotlight-roundup-of-media-activities/
"3 reasons why it’s important to diversify your CLT membership and leadership":
July 2019

"CLTs building beautifully": July 2019
Anyone involved with community land trusts will find a lot to cheer in the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s interim report, Creating a space for beauty.
This government commission has come to the conclusion that local communities want real influence, and that we want more beautiful homes, neighbourhoods and settlements. Community Land Trusts are praised throughout the report.
3rd July 2019: Rural Housing Week. A time to consider the positive impact community land trusts can have.
Link: https://www.housing.org.uk/get-involved/celebrating-our-sector/rural-housing-week/

The NCLT says: A great piece on CLTs by Dorset Council's housing lead. "The single most important element to any successful CLT is to be open, honest and transparent, and to keep the community informed and involved every step of the way."
27th June 2019: Leasehold axed for all new houses
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
The Government has announced it will exempt all community led housing development, including CLTs, from the forthcoming ban on leasehold houses and ground rents.
In a huge victory for the CLT movement, this will mean that communities can continue to use the leasehold system ethically to provide and protect affordable houses, and to steward land for community benefit. The announcement comes after over 18 months of lobbying by the National CLT Network and our members
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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leasehold-axed-for-all-new-houses-in-move-to-place-fairness-at-heart-of-housing-market

http://www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk/article/2019/6/27/victory-on-leasehold-and-ground-rents


Bridport News article, June 2019
"Significant gap between wages and rent in West Dorset"
Read the article here
June 2019: a new report on CLTs by the Labour party
"Land for the many: a CLT perspective".
A new report by the Labour Party.

Homes England Strategic Plan 2018/19 to 2022/23
Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homes-england-strategic-plan-201819-to-202223
Watton Village Smart Community Housing, Bridport
"A holistic approach to social, economic and environmental sustainability, creating an energy efficient housing development…."
Find out more:
Background to setting up the project
Proposals for design & environment
Additional information
Extract from SWLEP report 2017 (South West Local Enterprise Partnership) with link to full report
THE SW RURAL PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION
Key Findings and Recommendations 2017
“The commission heard evidence that planning often restricts development of housing in rural areas on sustainability grounds, on the assumption that occupiers would need to travel by car to urban areas to access employment. It is the commission’s view that this assumption is too simplistic and fails to recognise the employment opportunities in rural areas (which are less visible), the advent of electric cars and alternative transport solutions, the increase in home working, as well as the viability and sustainability of rural communities themselves.”
https://heartofswlep.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HotSW-14332-A4-Overview-report-digital-doc-FINAL.pdf