All about Community Land Trusts
"Community Land Trusts make good places…they are about more than bricks and mortar. They achieve environmentally-friendly homes, green spaces and communities where people want to live"
● Land ownership.
The CLT can secure the housing site in perpetuity for the community (with an option to take on full ownership of the properties from the Housing Association should the CLT ever wish to do so). The CLT will enter into a long term lease with the Housing Association and have an influence over important things like layout, design and occupancy.
● Affordable Homes for rent for local people.
Those with a strong local connection – through living or working in the parish, or having family there – have priority for the housing. This is enshrined in a legally binding agreement between the Council, the Housing Association and the Community Land Trust.
● Access to grant funding.
The creation of the CLT enables access to grant funding to be obtained for community led housing schemes.
● Financial viability.
The CLT obtains an income from ground rents sufficient to cover the Trust’s running costs and provide a small income for other projects. The Trust is therefore financially sustainable.
● Potential for other projects.
The priority is land for affordable housing – using the current housing needs survey to establish number and mix. However, the scope of the Trust provides a vehicle for the Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT to own, develop and protect other property and land (e.g. to provide assets important to that community - community enterprises, food growing, community gardens or workspaces, for example.)
● It's democratic.
The Trust is a democratic organisation - with membership open to anyone supporting its objectives.
There are now nearly 290 Community Land Trusts in England and Wales, and the sector has grown six-fold in the last six years. The largest Community Land Trusts have over 1000 members each. Community Land Trusts have developed over 700 permanently affordable homes to date and will have developed a further 3000 homes by 2020.
Would you like to know more?
➔ Click here to read about the history of Community Land Trusts and here to read about the latest NCLT success stories, both rural and urban.
Click here to find out about CLT projects in Dorset, Devon & Somerset:
- On site
- Planning applied for
- Steering Groups for Emerging Projects
Blackdown, Burstock, Drimpton, Hursey, Kittwhistle, Seaborough. Click on the first photo to enlarge and scroll through.
(Photos: Sheila Hawkins)