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Sunday, 17 December 2017
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    Helsington CLT, Brigsteer

    Members show their proposed site to representatives of the CLT Fund

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    Lyvennet Community Trust, Crosby Ravensworth

    David Graham with Rory Stewart MP dedicating the time capsule for Stoneworks Garth. Picture by F C Wilson

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    Keswick Community Housing Trust

    Allerdale Borough Council visit to the Hopes scheme

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    Trustees, community members and supporters at the opening of the Hopes scheme

    Picture courtesy of the Keswick Reminder, December 2013.

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    Eco housing at Findhorn, Scotland

Andy Lloyd

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Report on Housing Minister, Alok Sharma, announcement at Monday's first national Community Led Housing Conference, Monday 27th November

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Why is community led development relevant and exciting?

Over the past 30 years housing in the UK has become 260% more expensive while wages have stagnated and low paid jobs have increased. The supply of affordable homes has for a long time fallen dramatically behind demand. Now Local Authorities and communities face a collapse in supply caused by new policies - the extended Right to Buy will see large numbers of Housing Association homes sold off, many of which will become private rented homes requiring higher levels of housing benefit. Welfare Reform rent reductions have upturned Housing Association financial planning inhibiting their ability to build new affordable homes. The bulk of housing grant will be channeled into ‘Starter Homes’ which can be sold at full value after 5 years. The CLT Network helping to lobby for exemptions for community owned schemes, but meanwhile CLT enablers have developed lease and cross subsidy models which offer permanent affordability tuned to local incomes. 

And CLTs offer more - new groups in Cumbria and elsewhere propose highly sustainable visions of development which they believe are needed to meet the challenges of our times - generating surpluses for community benefit, improving affordability (not charging rent on unsold equity for shared ownership), embracing new build methods, combining food, energy production and community facilities – in short creating truly sustainable neighbourhoods. And the CLT enablers like myself, along with the Network and many other community development organizations are here to help!

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