The National Community Land Trust Network

  1. What is a Community Land Trust?

    A CLT is a non-profit, community-based organisation run by volunteers to develop housing, workspaces or other assets that may be required to address a need in their local area. The income stream generated from the assets is protected and used to keep assets permanently affordable, for long-term community benefit.

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  2. Lyvennet Community Trust: rapid journey of getting homes on the ground

    Lyvennet Community Trust, based in one of the Government's Big Society Vanguard locations in Cumbria, was formed following a housing needs survey carried out by Cumbria Rural Housing Trust (CRHT) in 2008. The survey identified a need for 23 homes in the parish of Crosby Ravensworth ; Lyvennet CT will provide 20 of these.

    12 affordable homes are being built (10 rented and 2 shared ownership) and a further 8 properties are included as serviced self-build plots, for local households who had expressed a desire to be more involved in the design of their homes. All 20 homes will have local occupancy restrictions.

    The group formed as a legal entity in 2009. Charitable funding helped cover professional fees incurred in developing the scheme. In addition to registering as a charity, the LCT is also a registered provider of social housing.

    Further initiatives following the housing development include the cooperative purchase of the village pub in June 2010. The pub opened in August 2011 thanks to a £75,000 refurbishment and 4000 hours of volunteer input. The group also have plans to add further services to the pub including a shop, library, and facilities for the elderly.

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  3. High Bickington Community Property Trust : A new style of parish-led sustainable development

    Devon County Council has ripped up the rulebook and adopted a new approach to community planning in the village of High Bickington. It entered into an agreement with the High Bickington Community Property Trust (HBCPT) to redevelop one third of a smallholding by providing 39 new homes and other facilities.

    A 3-phase development will provide 16 affordable homes and 23 open market homes; 6 workspace units; a woodchip fuelled district heating system to serve the whole development; a new community building and replacement primary school; open space, including a playing field, allotments and community woodland and a potential site for a new health centre. The first homes should be occupied from February 2012.

    The scheme has encountered many problems in the rapidly changing planning and financial environments. Described as a “Major Departure from the Local Development Plan” by the Government Office for the South West, the project was refused permission by the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Ruth Kelly MP, in 2006. However, it is certainly visionary ; it is one of the first new-style 20-year Development Plans to see the light of day and the first to be driven by residents rather than officials.

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  4. This films captures the progress of the CLT movement in England to date. The creation of the National CLT Network, the progress made by individual CLTs and the houses built and the formation of a regional CLT support network. It also presents the aspirations for the future growth and development - the opportunities and the challenges faced.

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  5. St Minver CLT is one of the most successful in England and have almost completed their 2nd phase of building through using a self-build model. This film catches up with the CLT members and the residents in 2011 and examines the differences between the 1st phase of building and the 2nd phase.

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The National Community Land Trust Network

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The National CLT Network is the national body for CLTs that promotes and supports the work of CLTs across England. It aims to achieve a growing and flourishing CLT sector.

The Network was established in September 2010 and is hosted by, but independent…

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The National CLT Network is the national body for CLTs that promotes and supports the work of CLTs across England. It aims to achieve a growing and flourishing CLT sector.

The Network was established in September 2010 and is hosted by, but independent of, the National Housing Federation.

It is a membership body and invites emerging CLTs, established CLTs and those who work with CLTs to join the National CLT Network. For more information click here.

It is funded in part by the Department for Communities and Local Government Empowerment Fund, via Carnegie UK Trust.

These films (produced by Weeflee Productions) capture the CLT movement in England to date - the achievements and the aspirations for the future.

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