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Wednesday, 17 October 2018
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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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Could a Community Land Trust help your community?

The CLT model appeals because it’s about meeting local need, protecting homes for future generations, keeping communities together and helping employers retain staff. CLTs can also generate surpluses to fund community services and can develop other facilities. Nationally there are now over 170 Community Land Trusts in England and Wales in urban and rural locations represented by the National CLT Network (NCLTN) www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk In Cumbria so far Witherslack, Crosby Ravensworth, Keswick and Skelwith & Langdale have developed 50 community owned homes with 8 more in planning and other groups researching opportunities.

Starting up - CLTs might take off due to concern about the loss of council housing through the Right to Buy, or because community plans, parish needs surveys, or Neighbourhood Plans identify a lack of local affordable housing, or because people think a CLT would be right for their community. www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk/what-is-a-clt/why-clts

Rural relevance – A CLT may be able to develop rural affordable homes where it would not make sense for a Housing Association to do so.

Right to Buy – CLTs can avoid the Right to Buy by using different sources of funding or lease arrangements.

Making it easier - There is now a great deal of help available to make the process easier in the form of specialist funding and development support from myself and other CLT advisors.

Recognition - The National Housing Taskforce includes a work stream to increase the supply of new homes via custom and community builders. The Co-operative Councils’ Innovation Network has set up a Housing Commission on community-led housing to encourage and enable councils to foster community-led housing, and Yorkshire has established the Enabling Affordable Community Led Housing in North Yorkshire and East Riding initiative. 

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