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Tuesday, 27 February 2024

Andy Lloyd

Community Led Homes Accredited Adviser

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Cumbria Community Land Trust Case Studies

Skelwith & Langdale CLT (SLCLT)

South Lakeland District



In July 2013 the Trust completed it’s first project; the refurbishment and letting of Church Hall Cottage which had been empty for two years, in Chapel Stile Village where holiday homes make up 67% of the housing stock (and 82% in Elterwater). The Diocese of Carlisle owns the house and agreed to lease it to SLCLT. 


SLCLT is currently negotiating purchase of a plot of land at Skelwith Bridge with the aim of leasing the development of four rented homes to Two Castles Housing Association.


Village population: 190

Origin: Local people met to discuss self build. Sites proved difficult to find and the Church House opportunity presented itself.

Company form: Community Interest Company

Type of CLT: ‘Hands on’ developing and leasing their own scheme.

Approach to housing management: Via the CLT

The building: Leased from the Diocese

The scheme: 1 house renovated

Unique aspects: The house was saved from being sold on the open market and made available to a local family at an affordable rent.

Project support: CLT enabler Andy Lloyd

Project management: SLCLT

Constructor: Local builder

Finance: Set up grants from the Tudor Trust (now via the National CLT Network), South Lakeland District Council and Lake District National Park. Grant towards refurbishment was provided by the Government Empty Homes Programme and by South Lakeland District Council and the Lake District National Park.


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